1932 – Born on the 22nd of May in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1954 – He worked as senior research associate at General Electric Company.
1965 – Worked as Manager at Battelle Northwest Laboratories.
1970 – Professor of nuclear materials in Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
1976 – Director, Office of Materials Science of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
1979 – He was the U.S. Department of Defense deputy under secretary for research and engineering.
1980 – He served as vice president of technical resources and of science and technology.
1989-1995 – Bement served as a member of the U.S. National Science Board.
2001 – Director of National Institute for Standards and Technology.
2004 – Became Director of the National Science Foundation.
– He currently serves as a member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.
– He served as the vice-chair of the Commission’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Committee.