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Martin Meyerson

Born: Nov 14, 1922

Death: Jun 2, 2007

Birthplace: New York City

Nationality: United States

Martin Meyerson

Date of Birth : Nov 14, 1922
Date of Death : Jun 2, 2007
Birth Place : New York City

Martin Meyerson was a United States city planner and academic leader best known as the President of the University of Pennsylvania between 1970 and 1981. Meyerson was born in Brooklyn in 1922 and graduated from Columbia University. After a brief period working in the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, he started teaching at the University of Chicago. He obtained his master's degree in city planning from Harvard University. Meyerson started work as an associate professor at Penn before working at Harvard. He then became Dean of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. Meyerson was acting Chancellor in 1965 during the Free Speech Movement and is credited with helping to defuse the tension that had built up on that campus. He left Berkeley to become the President of what is now the State University of New York at Buffalo. At the University at Buffalo, he broke ground and laid plans for the Amherst Campus, and presided over a period when students were active in demonstrating for rights. Meyerson became President of Penn in 1970.

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