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John Hagelin’s Biography

John Hagelin is quantum physicist, educator and author. Hagelin is former director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy, which he help found in Fairfield, Iowa.

Hagelin, 46, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1975, and received a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University in 1981.

Hagelin and 12 others founded the Natural Law Party in 1992, concluding “natural law is the solution to problems” and that the government can solve social problems by following these “Natural Laws.”

Hagelin ran for president in 1992 and 1996, each time garnering less than 1 percent of the vote.

Hagelin, who is running unopposed on the Natural Law ticket, is also campaigning as Reform Party candidate. He is challenging the other Reform Party presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, a former Republican.

In 1992, Hagelin was awarded the Kilby award from the Texas Instruments. The award recognizes scientists who have made major contributions to society through their applied research in the fields of science and technology.

John Hagelin is a retired professor from Stanford and the Maharishi University. He is the author of “Manual for a Perfect Government” (1999). The book explores “a scientific investigation into the foundations of human consciousness.”

Dr. John Hagelin lives in Fairfield, Iowa. He is divorced.

A Reform Party Candidate

John Hagelin is running for president on both the Natural Law Party and Reform Party tickets.

Varying state election laws allow for fusion candidacies, making it possible for candidates to run on one ticket, while technically still seeking the nomination of another party.

The Reform Party nomination is currently being contested by Hagelin, and former Republican Patrick Buchanan. The Reform Party split into two opposing camps during its convention in Long Beach, Calif., this summer. The Hagelin camp and the Buchanan camp each accuse the other of violating party regulations.

The nomination will now be decided by the Federal Election Commission. The winner will have access to the $12.6 million in federal funds slated for the Party.

The platform of the Natural Law Party is broader than that of the Reform Party, but Hagelin contends the two platforms are a good match. 

“The Reform Party’s vision was to be a mainstream centrist alternative — of, by and for the people, not financed by the special interests. The Natural Law platform has extended those core reforms to what’s working in preventative health care, sustainable agriculture, education,” Hagelin said to Reform Party delegates.

Hagelin was fielded as a Reform candidate by the San Francisco chapter of the Reform Party. He has won leadership endorsements from the New York and Los Angeles Reform Party chapters. He has also picked up leadership endorsements from the Washington State and Colorado chapters. 

California and New York Reform Party members made up the bulk of Reform votes cast in 1996.

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