G. Pascal Zachary

Writer, Teacher, Scholar

A Little Bit About Me

G. Pascal Zachary is a professor of practice at Arizona State University in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Zachary joined ASU's faculty in 2010. Zachary, whose first name is Gregg, is also an affiliate faculty in both English and History at ASU, and teaches in the university's Barrett Honors College on the intersection of science, politics and culture. "Nuclear Weapons and the Making of Modern America," and "The Quest for Enhanced Consciousness: from the Greeks to Google" are two of his representative courses. In 2016, Zachary published an essay on the quest for enhanced consciousness in a collection of essays, "Perfecting Human Futures: Transhuman Futures and Technological Visions," edited by Benjamin Hurlbut and Hava Samuelson.

Zachary spent 13 years as a senior writer for The Wall Street Journal (1989 to 2001) and authored the Ping column on innovation for The New York Times from 2007 to 2008. He regularly contributes comments on current affairs to radio programs in the U.S., Britain and Africa. He has been interviewed by BBC, NPR's Marketplace, and Pacifica's KPFK (Los Angeles). He writes mini-essays for Spectrum magazine on engineering and society, and contributes occasionally to other publications.

At The Wall Street Journal, Zachary wrote more than 80 page-one articles and in the year 2000 was described by The Boston Globe as “the single most interesting journalist of all the [Journal’s] 700-plus highly-talented reporters.” Prior to working at the Journal, Zachary worked at the San Jose Mercury News and at alternative weekly newspapers, including the Willamette Week of Portland, Oregon, the worker-owned News & Review of Santa Barbara, California and the Berkeley Barb, where he was a member of the last staff of this legendary weekly newspaper. He also worked as a writer and editor for Time Inc.'s Business 2.0 magazine.

Zachary is the author of four books: “Showstopper,” about the making of the Windows NT computer program (1994); “Endless Frontier,” the biography of Vannevar Bush, organizer of the Manhattan Project and architect of the partnership between science and the military during World War Two (1997); “The Diversity Advantage: Multicultural Identity in the New World Economy” (2000; revised, 2003); and "Married to Africa: a love story" (2009).

An enthusiastic review of Zachary's intellectual trajectory was published by The Atlantic Monthly: http:/​/​www.theatlantic.com/​past/​issues/​2000/​11/​pang.htm

Books by Zachary

African affairs
a literate and intensely-reported introduction to contemporary Africa
World Affairs
"Zachary approaches the subject with an enormous amount of research and firsthand reporting."
--The New York Times
Biography/History of Techno-science in 20th century America
"Deeply informed and insightful, Zachary has thoroughly captured the spirit of Bush and his times."
--New York Times Book Review
Computers, technology and society
--Harvard Business Review