Porter, Bern

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Porter, Bern Gender: M
Bernard Harden Porter
born on 14 February 1910 at 05:30 (= 05:30 AM )
Place Houlton, Maine, 46n08, 67w50
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 24°52' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 24°07 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 28°11'


American artist, writer, publisher, performer, and scientist.

Porter is best known for his "founds", which he has published in numerous collections including Found Poems, The Wastemaker, The Book of Do's, Dieresis, Here Comes Everybody's Don't Book, and Sweet End. In 2010 his work was recognized by an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Prior to World War II, Porter contributed to the development of the cathode ray tube. During World War II, he worked on the Manhattan Project. He worked in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on the part of the project devoted to the separation of the highly enriched uranium needed to construct atomic bombs. After bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Porter regretted his involvement with the project and became an outspoken pacifist. In the 1960s, Porter worked on NASA's Saturn V manned rocket program.

Bern Porter died on June 7, 2004.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes James Erwin Schevill's book, "Where to Go, What to Do, When You Are Bern Porter: A Personal Biography" (Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House, 1992), p. 9: "According to his proud baby book . . . Bernard Porter was born at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 14, 1910, on his grandfather's farm in Porter Settlement, just south of Houlton, Maine. On the next page of the baby book is a correction. He was born at 5:30 a.m., weighed eight pounds, and when he was two weeks old, his father placed a $5 gold piece for him in a savings bank."


  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist
  • Vocation : Science : Other Science
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet