Prof. Dr. Laura Greene, APS President.
Shocking as that new number, we have fewer degreed physicists than during President Nixon’s term. 54,000 members in the USA, compare to ~50,000 in the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). Of those 54,000, less the 80% are actually degreed physicists, including students. ~20% are engineers and physical scientists with no physics degree.
Your sons and daughters, America. Your sons and daughters, Humanity.
That brings the total to ~ 32,000 male and ~ 11,000 female physicists. Far fewer female physicists than we all expected. From the letter addressed to Congress by our APS President…
There is one final paragraph after the first page. The second page includes a list of representatives, but you get the idea. Remember that number and this letter from our APS President expressing her disgust at the precipitous fall in the past years.
If you think “we” will just hire the “smart people” around the world to fix things, we already did that. During President Obama’s two terms, we did that and there looked like a chance to increase the numbers scientifically from those educated in the US by the bright folks we hired as teachers and professors. However that hope was short-lived. Of the three folks elected in the Chemical Physics Division of APS, one was born in the PRC and educated at Beijing University. One was born in Iran, and educated at Teheran university.
These great people are doing a thankless job representing American Physics. Thankless and dangerous, because both the PRC and Iran are looked on by the Ruling Party as near-enemies. Why do these physicists persist? The love of science is one reason. The hope that America can turn some corner is another. All are clinging to jobs to support their families.
Four Faces of The American Physical Society that America refuses to back…from Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30.”