SHF Board Member Paul Hoffman Named CEO of Liberty Science Center

Paul HoffmanWe’re thrilled to announce that Science House Foundation board member Paul Hoffman has accepted a position as President and CEO of New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center. We’ve posted the full release below.

Congratulations Paul, we’re looking forward to collaborating with you in your new incarnation!


Paul Hoffman Named President and CEO of Liberty Science Center
Internationally Renowned Journalist, Consultant and Author Begins Tenure November 1

Jersey City, NJ – October 3, 2011 – The board of trustees today announced the appointment of Paul Hoffman as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Science Center. Mr. Hoffman is the institution’s fifth president since its 1993 opening.

“We are thrilled to welcome Paul to Liberty Science Center,” says board chair Dr. William A. Tansey. “His career has been dedicated to broadly and creatively communicating the fascinating ideas of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to the public through print media, film, the Web, museums and exhibitions, scientific institutions, books, and even puzzles. There are very few people who can illuminate the adventure and beauty of science as well as Paul. We are confident he will help bring our award-winning exhibits and programs to an even higher level of ‘wow.’”

Mr. Hoffman’s career is remarkable for its variety and range. Widely published in The New Yorker,

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Time, Wired and more, he describes himself as “a journalist and biographer whose work explores the relationship between genius, madness, obsession and creativity.” Mr. Hoffman is also co-owner of a new locavore Italian restaurant in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, called Rucola.

He has been a “brainstorming expert” for Internet startups, publishers, advertising agencies, museums, and scientific organizations from NASA to the National Science Foundation. He also served as an award-winning president of both Discover magazine and Encyclopaedia Britannica and as the editorial chairman of Big Think. A well-known television personality, Mr. Hoffman has appeared on CNN, ESPN, the BBC, Good Morning America, PBS NewsHour, David Letterman, and Oprah, among others.

“The board was very impressed that in the midst of all these remarkable accomplishments, Paul also has museum experience,” Dr. Tansey explains. “He is the creative director of a planned Rubik’s Cube worldwide traveling exhibition and an ‘evangelist’ for the new Museum of Mathematics whose exhibition, Math Midway, opens at Liberty Science Center on October 7.”
Mr. Hoffman is the author of 11 books including the international bestseller, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdös and the Search for Mathematical Truth, which received the Rhone-Poulenc prize for best science book of the year.

Paul Hoffman graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

About Liberty Science Center – A NJ not for profit institution: Dedicated to providing transformative experiences that connect schools and society with science and technology, Liberty Science Center is the New Jersey-New York City region’s largest education resource. Liberty Science Center brings the excitement of science to students, educators, families and adults in engaging new ways, establishing a progressive benchmark for the science center field. Visit to learn more about Liberty Science Center, located in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ.

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