Norman Cousins was an American political journalist, author, professor, and world peace advocate. Cousins was a tireless advocate of liberal causes, such as nuclear disarmament and world peace, which he promoted through his writings in Saturday Review. Cousins wrote an editorial on August 6, 1945, the day the United States dropped the atomic bomb in Hiroshima titled “The Modern Man is Obsolete”. In the editorial, he discussed the social and political implications of the atomic bomb and nuclear power. The response was considerable, as it was reprinted in newspapers around the country and enlarged into a book that was reprinted in different languages. Additionally, in the 1960s, he began the American-Soviet Dartmouth Conferences for a peace process. Cousins received the inaugural Helmerich Award in 1985.

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