It is with great delight that the AIA announces that Malcolm Hewitt Wiener has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Bandelier Award for Public Service to Archaeology, which will be presented at the AIA Gala.
Mr. Wiener’s primary work in the discipline has been as a Aegean Prehistorian, specializing in Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece, Chronology of Egypt, the Near East and the Aegean in the Bronze and Early Iron Age. Dr. Wiener shares more than 40 years of history with the AIA having served as General Counsel to the Archaeological Institute of America from 1968-1976.
A man of many talents and accomplishments, Malcolm was born in Tsingtao, China and educated at Harvard College and Harvard Law School. As an attorney, Malcolm specializes in international, corporate and non-profit law. In addition, he was the Chairman of The Millburn Corporation, Millburn Ridgefield Corporation, CommInVest, and ShareInVest. During this time he would create two non-profit foundations of his own, the Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation and the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP), which supports the exploration of the archeology of Europe’s earliest civilizations, the Minoan and Mycenaean, which arose in Greece and Crete between 3000 and 1000 B.C.E. The foundation is now the largest in the world for funding this field of research and supports scholars in Europe, North America and the Pacific. In addition, he would go on to fund the construction of The Center for Social Policy of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, which was named in his honor. He and his wife would also provide the support for the formation of the Malcolm Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and the Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener Laboratory for Near Eastern and Aegean Dendrochronology.
Wiener’s achievements inside and outside of the discipline of archaeology are no less than astonishing. His publications are numerous and contributions vast, having earned him five honorary doctorate degrees from Universities from Athens to London, to the U.S. He has lectured at the Universities of Heidelberg, Tübingen, Vienna, Salzburg, Warsaw and New York (Institute of Fine Arts). His service to the field even led him to the United States Department of State serving as an advisor to the International Convention on Illicit Traffic in Antiquities, a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, and Chair of an Independent Task Force on “Non-lethal Technologies: Military Implications and Options.”
Malcolm Hewitt Wiener is married to Carolyn Talbot Seely and is the father of four children: Kate, Elizabeth, Thomas, Jonathan. To learn more about Dr. Wiener’s publications and additional information about his life and accomplishments please visit www.malcolmwiener.net.