Norman Cousins is Adjunct Professor of Medical Humanities of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA School of Medicine. For thirty-five years he was editor of the Saturday Review.
One of the founders of public television in the United States, he served as Chairman of National Educational Television, the predecessor organization to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He has carried out diplomatic missions abroad as personal emissary for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson.
A former chairman of the Pulitzer Prize jury in literature, Mr. Cousins was named Author of the Year by the Society of Authors and Journalists in 1980. He holds honorary degrees in literature, science, and law from forty-nine colleges and universities.
Mr. Cousins is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the United Nations Peace Medal, the American Peace Award, the Family of Man Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt Peace Award, the Personal Medallion of Pope John XXIII, and the City of Hiroshima Award for heading the project that delivered medical and surgical treatment to victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
Mr. Cousins' books include Anatomy of an Illness, The Celebration of Life, Present Tense, The Improbable Triumvirate, In Place of Folly, Dr. Schweitzer of Lambarene, In God We Trust: The Religious Beliefs of The American Founding Fathers,Who Speaks for Man?, Talks with Nehru, Modern Man is Obsolete, The Good Inheritance, An Anthology of the Poetry of Freedom (with William Rose Benet), and Human Options.