Nebraska Authors

Steven M. Spencer

AKA: Steven Murray Spencer

Born 1905-07-03 Omaha, NE (USA)

Died 1985-02
Arlington, VT (USA)

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Philadelphia, PA
Arlington, VT
Wilmington, DE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Medical Sciences


Attended University of Montana, 1923-1924
Attended University of Omaha, 1924-1926
Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1928, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


Reporter and Science Editor for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, 1927-1941
Saturday Evening Post
Reader's Digest

Places Worked

DuPont de Nemours and Co., Wilmington, Delaware
Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, 1927-1941
Saturday Evening Post
Reader's Digest


Harvard University, Nieman Fellow, 1939-1940
George Westinghouse-American Association for the Advancement of Science
Prize for Distinguished Science Writing in Magazines, 1947
Albert Lasker Medical Journalism Award, 1956
Howard W. Blakeslee Award of American Heart Association, 1957
National Association for Mental Health Award, 1958, 1962


National Association of Science Writers, President, 1948
American Association for the Advancement of Science


Wonders of Modern Medicine. with Mary S. Spencer, 1953.
Outposts of Medicine. 1963.

Writer of more than 125 articles for Saturday Evening Post. Several articles re-printed in Reader's Digest

Co-author with wife, Mary S. Spencer, of articles on medical missions in Presbyterian Life

We appreciate corrections and additions to our information about authors, but please read the following guidelines and caveats carefully.

  • The Nebraska Authors database is based on publicly available sources. Unless you are the author contacting us in person, it helps us if you cite the source or sources of your information. We cannot include unsourced information in the database.
  • We may be appreciative of information we choose not to include in the publicly available database.
  • To include an image on an author profile, please send jpg attachment to nebraskaauthors@lincoln.ne.gov. A photo-release agreement is required before the image will be published on this site.
  • Because of the way we are staffed, expect corrections or additions to take time, sometimes up to three months.
  • While we initially included some actual links to external URLs in the database, we will in the future no longer provide functioning links. We will instead record the presence of specific external materials in language that we hope will help intelligent users find it themselves. Web rot, in which actual materials remain online but undergo changes in their URLs, is too demanding in terms of staff time for us to hope to keep external links current.

Please copy, fill out the form below, and email it to NebraskaAuthors@lincoln.ne.gov to suggest a change.

Steven M. Spencer

Do you have corrections for the above information or other information to add?:

(e.g. Author is buried in Fremont, not in David City / Also wrote for the Daily Nebraskan during her time as a student)