Malcolm H. Wiener is an Aegean prehistorian whose specialties include the rise, florescence, and collapse of ancient civilizations; Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece; the chronology of Egypt, the Near East, and the Aegean in the Bronze and Early Iron Age; and Homer and history.
He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of Sheffield, Eberhart-Karl University Tübingen, University of Athens, University of Cincinnati, University College London, Dickinson College, and University of Arizona. He is a Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History, and Antiquities, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He has been awarded the Gold Cross of the Order of Honour of Greece, the Gold Ring of Honour from the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur in Mainz, and honored with the insignia of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.
Through his support, Malcolm Wiener has played an important role in the generation of new scholarship on issues of inequality and social policy. His endowment of the Center and the Malcolm Wiener Professorships mark his long-standing commitment to research that informs the policy debate and that can help to shape policies that enhance opportunity for all.
A graduate of Harvard College (A.B., magna cum laude, 1957) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1963), Malcolm Wiener began his professional career in the practice of international, corporate, and non-profit law. He served as general counsel to the Archaeological Institute of America (1968-76) and as advisor to the U.S. Department of State on the International Convention on Illicit Traffic in Antiquities. Mr. Wiener’s professional focus turned to investment management in 1971, leading to his principal roles as Chairman of the Millburn Corporation (1977-97) and ShareInVest (1982-97).
Malcolm Wiener is the president and founder of the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP), established in 1982 to support archaeological fieldwork and research in the Aegean region from the Paleolithic era through the 8th century B.C. Now the largest foundation of its kind in the world, INSTAP supports scholars in Europe, North America, and the Pacific. In recognition of his “lifetime of extraordinary contributions to the field,” the Archaeological Institute of America awarded Malcolm Wiener its Bandelier Award for Public Service to Archaeology in 2013. In 2017, Mr. Wiener received the Athens Prize of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
Mr. Wiener is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and in 1995 chaired its Independent Task Force on "Non-lethal Technologies: Military Implications and Options.”
Malcolm Wiener’s archaeological publications may be viewed at malcolmwiener.net.