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George D. Gopen, Ph.D., Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Gopen has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the academic industry

Dr. George D. Gopen is currently Professor Emeritus of the Practice of the Rhetoric at Duke University.

    DURHAM, NC, September 13, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present George D. Gopen, Ph.D., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Gopen celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Gopen earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Brandeis University in 1967, which included a year at the University of Reading in England. He followed that by simultaneously earning both a JD from the Harvard Law School in 1972 and a PhD in English and American Language and Literature in 1975 from the Harvard University Graduates School of Arts and Sciences. He taught in the English department at Harvard for five years while perusing his PhD. His first assistant professorship was in the English Department at the University of Utah from 1975 to 1978. While there he also taught for one year at the Rowland Hall St. Mark's Private School in Salt Lake City. Thereafter he became the Director of Writing Programs and Assistant Professor of English at Loyola University of Chicago from 1978 to 1985. He then went on to become the founder and director of the University Writing Program at Duke University, where he taught from 1985 to 2014. He also taught for sixteen years at the Duke University School of Law. He is currently Professor Emeritus of the Practice of the Rhetoric at Duke University.

In addition to his work in the academy, since 1978 Dr. Gopen has functioned as a consultant to professionals in the fields of law, scientific research, business, government, and academics. He began as a partner in the consultant firm known as Clearlines with whom he worked from 1980 to 1990. His list of institutional clients as of 2019 is extended to more than 200. In addition, he was for five years in the 1980's an adjunct professor for the winter term at the Harvard Law School. As an author, he has published five books and 70 articles, more than half of which have to do with a new way of seeing, understanding, and controlling the written English language. He calls this new perspective "The Reader Expectation Approach to the English Language". His books include Writing from a Legal Perspective, The Moral Fables of Robert Henryson, Expectations: Teaching Writing from the Reader's Perspective, The Sense of Structure: Writing from the Reader's Perspective, and Gopen's Reader Expectations Approach to the English Language: A New Tweetment. In addition, he has made a 15.5 hour video of his lectures on this new approach, available on Vimeo, participated in several podcasts, and given a number of public poetry readings. He serves as President and on the Board of Directors of Bronze Memorial, Inc. in Massachusetts. As a musician, he has sung for many years in choruses, including the Choral Society of Durham, and the Chicago Symphony Chorus. As pianist, he has given a dozen public lieder recitals. Since 2007, he has served as the Director of the Chamber Arts Society of Durham, a 75 year old concert series that presents the finest chamber music in the world. Due to his unparalleled professional accomplishments Dr. Gopen was the recipient in 2011 of the Golden Pen Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award issued by the Legal Writing Institute, for contributions to the field of legal writing. His 1990 article in American Scientist's, "The Science of Scientific Writing," was selected by that journal in its 100th year as one of its "36 classic articles." That article leads American Scientist's citation index. Dr. Gopen has been celebrated in Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in the South and Southwest.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Gopen has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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