Archive of Author | Philip F. Palmedo

Philip F. Palmedo received his undergraduate degree from Williams College, with an emphasis on Art History and Physics, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT. He carried out research in nuclear reactor physics at Saclay in France and at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He left Brookhaven to found the International Resources Group, an international consultancy and later headed the Long Island Research Institute.

Mr. Palmedo has had an active, life-long interest in science, the arts, and in writing. A common theme in his writing has been the nature of creativity and a common goal the clear exposition of complex phenomena to the non-expert. He has written five books on sculpture with the objective of understanding and communicating the creative process and the nature of sculpture as an art form. One of his early essays on art (first published in 1967 in the Berkshire Review) was Kepler in the Brancacci Chapel, a discussion of the role of simplicity in the arts and in science. Further exploration of that relationship led to his article in MIT’s Leonardo magazine titled “Non-Sculpture: The Origins of Aesthetic Instincts,” and culminated in his most recent book, Deep Affinities: Art and Science.

For many years Mr. Palmedo chaired the Art Committee at Brookhaven National Laboratory and was the first chairman of the Committee on the Pollock-Krasner House at the Stony Brook Foundation. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Williams College, and now serves on the Council for the Arts at MIT, and is a Fellow of the Williams College Museum of Art.

Articles with Philip F. Palmedo


Revealing Affinities between Art and Science

Philip F. Palmedo studied art history and physics as an undergraduate at Williams College, and received his PhD in nuclear engineering from MIT. He carried out nuclear reactor physics research at the French nuclear laboratory at Saclay and at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He then initiated and headed the International Resources Group and the Long Island Research Institute. He has written extensively in many areas, including several books on modern sculpture. His most recent book is ‘Deep Affinities: Art and Science’, on which this article is based.