Print Page

Speaker Bio - Frank von Hippel 


Frank von Hippel

Frank von Hippel, a theoretical physicist, is a Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and co-director of Princeton's research Program on Science and Global Security.

For the past three decades von Hippel’s research has focused largely on developing the basis for initiatives to end the use of nuclear-weapons-useable materials as reactor fuels, make deep cuts in nuclear-weapon stockpiles, and remove ballistic missiles from hair-trigger alert.

From September 1993 through 1994, while Assistant Director for National Security in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, von Hippel played a major role in developing cooperative programs to increase the security of Russian nuclear-weapons-useable materials. He is the chairman of the American Physical Society’s Panel on Public Affairs and chairman of the editorial board of Science & Global Security. He is also co-chair of the newly established International Panel on Fissile Materials.

In 1977, von Hippel shared with Joel Primack the American Physical Society's Forum Award for Promoting the Understanding of the Relationship of Physics and Society in their book, Advice and Dissent: Scientists in the Political Arena. In 1991, the American Institute of Physics published a collection of his articles under the title, Citizen Scientist, in its "Masters of Physics" series. In 1993 he was awarded a 5-year MacArthur Prize Fellowship. In 1994 he received the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences' Hilliard Roderick Prize for Science, Arms Control and International Security. In 2005, he received the first George F. Kennan Distinguished Peace Leadership Award.

Von Hippel was the elected chairman of the Federation of American Scientists from 1979-1984 and again from 2000-2003. He was the appointed chairman of the FAS’s tax-exempt arm from 1986-1993 and again from 1995-2000.