Sidney D. Drell - Curriculum vitae#

Personal Data
Born September 13, 1926 - Atlantic City, New Jersey
Married (Harriet J. Stainback, Minter City, Mississippi)
Children (Daniel W., b. 1953; Persis S., b. 1955; Joanna H., b. 1965)

Present Position
  • Professor Emeritus, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University (Deputy Director before retiring in 1998)
  • Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution since 1998

Present Activities
  • Member, JASON, The MITRE Corporation
  • Member, Board of Governors, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
  • Governor, Los Alamos National Security (LANS) and Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS)

  • 1946 A.B., Princeton University
  • 1947 M.A., University of Illinois
  • 1949 Ph.D., University of Illinois

Special Fields

Theoretical Physics: Elementary Particle Physics and Quantum Theory. National security and arms control.

Recent Positions and Activities – GOVERNMENT
  • 2001-2003 Member, Advisory Committee to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA/DOE)
  • 2001-2002 Chair, Senior Review Board for the Intelligence Technology Innovation Center
  • 1992-2001 Member, Non-Proliferation Advisory Panel
  • 1993-2001 Member, President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
  • 1998–1999 Member, Commission on Maintaining US Nuclear Weapons Expertise
  • 1995 Chair, JASON Study for DOE on Nuclear Testing
  • 1994 Chair, JASON Study for DOE on Science Based Stockpile Stewardship
  • 1990-1993 Chairman, Technology Review Panel, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
  • 1991-1993 Member, Director's Advisory Committee, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • 1990-1991 Chairman, House Armed Services Committee Panel on Nuclear Weapons Safety
  • 1978-1982 Consultant, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
  • 1980-2007 Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • 1978-1980 Member, Energy Research Advisory Board, U. S. Department of Energy
  • 1977-1982 Consultant, Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • 1975-1991 Consultant, Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress
  • 1974-1985 Member, High Energy Physics Advisory Panel, U.S. Department of Energy, Chairman 1974-82; Chairman HEPAP Subpanel on Superconducting Super-Collider Physics (1990) and on the Vision for the Future of High Energy Physics (1994)
  • 1974-1976 Member, U.S. Defense Science Board Task Force
  • 1973-1981 Consultant, National Security Council
  • 1969-1981 Consultant, U. S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
  • 1966-1971 Member, President’s Science Advisory Committee
  • 1963-1973 Consultant, Office of Science and Technology, Executive Office of the President, and Member (or Chairman) of PSAC Panels on national security problems

Recent Positions and Activities – ACADEMIC
  • 2001 Lauritsen Lecturer, California Institute of Technology
  • 1992-1999 Chairman, University of California President’s Council on the National Labs
  • 1999-2000 Linus Pauling Lecturer and Medalist, Stanford University
  • 1997 Brickwedde Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University
  • 1995 Kovler Lecturer, U. of Chicago
  • 1991 First Colonel Tom Johnson Visiting Scholar at West Point Military Academy
  • 1989-1996 Adjunct Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 1988-1993 Member, Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government
  • 1984-1991 Member, Aspen Strategy Group
  • 1977-1990 Member, American Committee on U.S.-Soviet Relations (formerly Committee on East-West Accord) (Member, Science Advisory Committee)
  • 1983-1989 Co-Director, Stanford Center for International Security and Arms Control Spring 1988 Hans Bethe Lecturer, Cornell University
  • 1969-1986 Executive Head, Theoretical Physics, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Spring 1984 I. I. Rabi Visiting Professor, Columbia University
  • 1984, 1990 Visiting Professor, Rockefeller University Spring 1983 Danz Lecturer, University of Washington, Seattle
  • 1974-1983 Member, Board of Trustees, Institute for Advanced Study Princeton, New Jersey (current emeritus)
  • Spring 1979 Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford University
  • Spring 1975 Schrodinger Visiting Professor, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 1972 Amos de Shalit Lecturer, Weizmann Institute
  • Spring 1972 Visiting Professor, University of Rome, Italy
  • Spring 1971 Dupont Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania
  • Fall 1962 and 1970 Visiting Professor and Loeb Lecturer, Harvard University
  • 1991-1993 Chairman, International Advisory Committee of the University of California’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC)
  • 1985-1990 Member, MIT Lincoln Laboratory Advisory Board
  • 1971-1993 Member, Board of Directors, The Arms Control Association, Washington, D.C.
  • 1966-1969 Member, Advisory Council, Physics Dept., Princeton Univ., (Chairman 1967-69)
  • Member, Advisory Council, U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF)

Professional and Honorary Societies
  • American Physical Society (Fellow) - President, 1986
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • American Philosophical Society
  • Academia Europaea

Awards and Honors
  • Prize Fellowship of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, November (1984-1989)
  • Ernest Orlando Lawrence Memorial Award (1972) for research in Theoretical Physics (Atomic Energy Commission)
  • University of Illinois Alumni Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering (1973); Alumni Achievement Award (1988)
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, (1961-1962) and (1971-1972)
  • Richtmyer Memorial Lecturer to the American Association of Physics Teachers, San Francisco, California (1978)
  • Leo Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest (1980) presented by the American Physical Society

Honorary Doctors Degrees:
  • University of Illinois (1981)
  • Tel Aviv University (2001), “In recognition of his renown and excellence in the field of theoretical physics; his far-reaching contributions toward the advancement of quantum field theory for which he has been awarded numerous awards and accolades; his prolific output of seminal scientific publications; his staunch support for Soviet dissidents and championship of human rights in the USSR; his commitment to teaching future generations of scientists at educational institutions around the world, including at Tel Aviv University” and “In special recognition of his unceasing efforts toward ensuring the ethically responsible use of science in the field of nuclear defense; his involvement in governmental advisory bodies on non-proliferation, disarmament, and nuclear weapons safety, reflecting his deep-seated and abiding concern for human welfare; and his pivotal role in the shaping of U.S. defense policy”.
  • Weizmann Institute of Science (2001)“In recognition of his significant achievements in the field of theoretical physics, most notably his pioneering work on high-energy particle physics and the theories of radiation and relativistic quantum fields; of his outstanding career as an illustrious educator who has selflessly and profoundly influenced generations of young scientists; of the prudent and decisive role he has played in shaping his nation’s policies on defense in general, non-proliferation and disarmament in particular; and of the extraordinary degree to which he has made himself available to the Weizmann Institute, as a thoughtful and effective Co-Chairperson of its Scientific and Academic Advisory Committee, a most admired member of its Board of Governors, and a teacher, friend and colleague to many of its scientists”.
  • 1983 Honoree of the Natural Resources Defense Council for work in arms control
  • Lewis M. Terman Professor and Fellow, Stanford University (1979-1984)
  • 1993 Hilliard Roderick Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Science, Arms Control, and International Security
  • 1994 Woodrow Wilson Award, Princeton University, for “Distinguished Achievement in the Nation's Service”
  • 1994 Co-recipient of the 1989 “Ettore Majorana - Erice - Science for Peace Prize”
  • 1995 John P. McGovern Science and Society Medalist of Sigma Xi
  • 1996 Gian Carlo Wick Commemorative Medal Award, ICSC–World Laboratory
  • 1997 Distinguished Associate Award of U.S. Department of Energy “For your many outstanding contributions to the science and defense missions of the Department of Energy and to national science and defense initiatives. Your advice to Congress and to various Administrations and your leadership on these initiatives have played a major role in such critical areas as nuclear weapons safety, weapons testing and the future of the national high energy physics program”.
  • 1998 I. Ya. Pomeranchuk Prize, Inst. of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Moscow “for his outstanding pioneering contributions to the quantum theory of the electrodynamic hadronic processes and for the development of the beamstrahlung theory for future colliders"
  • 1999-2000 Linus Pauling Medal of Stanford University, “for contributions to the advancement of science”.
  • 2000 University of California Presidential Medal, “For exemplary contributions to the University, the national laboratories, and the cause of science in the public interest” presented by President Atkinson of the University of California.
  • 2000 One of 10 scientists honored as “Founder of national reconnaissance as a space discipline” by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. “Sidney D. Drell, Ph.D. a theoretical physicist at Stanford University; Dr. Sidney Drell served on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and the President’s Science Advisory Committee. He served as a key scientific consultant to Program B, and served on the Technology Review Panel of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence where he was instrumental in securing approval and support for several NRO special projects. Service to National Reconnaissance 1960-2000”.
  • 2000 The Enrico Fermi Award, presented on behalf of the President of the United States and the Secretary by the U.S. Department of Energy, for a lifetime of achievement in the field of nuclear energy, “for his major contributions to our understanding of elementary particles; and for his major contributions to arms control and national security, in particular for technical studies showing that a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty is compatible with maintaining the safety and reliability of U.S. nuclear weapons.”
  • 2001 National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the U.S. intelligence community’s highest honor, presented by the Director of Central Intelligence at the CIA, “In recognition of his distinguished career as a world-class nuclear scientist, an internationally-renowned arms control expert, an acclaimed author, and a winner of innumerable scientific awards”.
  • 2001 William O. Baker Award for contributions to national security, particularly in the field of foreign intelligence, sponsored by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA)
  • 2001 Heinz R. Pagels Human Rights of Scientists Award, New York Academy of Sciences, “For his sustained and extraordinary support of human rights of scientists throughout the world”
  • 2005 11th annual Heinz Award for Public Policy, Washington, D.C., as a “tireless and effective spokesman and advisor to the United States government in efforts to reduce the danger and proliferation of nuclear weapons.”
  • 2008 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Rumford Prize, “recognizing contributions in the fields of heat and light.”
  • 2008 Stanford University Pioneers in Science “honoring the lives and accomplishments of the University’s most celebrated scientists-faculty members who have been awarded Nobel Prizes, National Medals of Science or Technology, and MacArthur Fellowships.”

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