Philip M. Boffey was an editorial writer at The New York Times. He formerly served as a reporter, science and health editor and deputy editorial page editor. Boffey was a member of two reporting teams that won Pulitzer Prizes: the first in 1986 for a series on the "Star Wars" missile defense system, the second in 1987 for coverage of the Challenger space shuttle disaster. He has been president of the National Association of Science Writers. Boffey is the author of The Brain Bank of America, an investigation of the National Academy of Sciences, published in 1975. Born in East Orange, New Jersey, Boffey received an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, in history, from Harvard College in 1958.