Arms-control expert Drell to visit as Kovler FellowLecture on reducing nuclear danger 4 p.m. May 3 Physicist and arms-control specialist Sidney Drell, professor and deputy director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center at Stanford University, will visit campus on Wednesday, May 3, as a Marjorie Kovler Fellow. He will also be on campus Thursday, May 4, as a guest of the Physical Sciences Division.
While at the University, Drell will meet with students and faculty members and will deliver a lecture, "Reducing Nuclear Danger in the Post-Cold-War World," at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in Room 109 of the Biological Sciences Learning Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Since 1960, Drell has served as a government adviser on national security and defense issues. He is currently a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and the Non-Proliferation Advisory Panel.
He is the author of three books and numerous papers on theoretical physics, as well as six books on nuclear nonproliferation and arms control, including Facing the Threat of Nuclear Weapons (1983), In the Shadow of the Bomb: Physics and Arms Control (1993) and Reducing Nuclear Danger (1993, with McGeorge Bundy and William Crowe Jr.), published by the Council on Foreign Relations.
Drell's many honors and awards include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, the Leo Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest, the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Memorial Award for Research in Theoretical Physics and, most recently, the John P. McGovern Science and Society Medal of Sigma Xi. In addition, Drell has twice been a Guggenheim Fellow and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Drell received his A.B. in 1946 from Princeton and his M.A. in 1947 and his Ph.D. in 1949 from the University of Illinois. He has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois and MIT in addition to Stanford, and he is currently an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Drell is an emeritus member of the board of trustees of the Institute for Advanced Study and has been a visiting professor at institutions around the world, including Oxford University, the University of Vienna and the University of Rome.
The Marjorie Kovler Visiting Fellows program is designed to encourage interaction between students at the University and prominent individuals in the arts and public affairs. Marjorie Kovler was founder and president of Kovler Galleries and a prominent figure in the Chicago art world.