Dr. Siegfried Hecker Appointed as Distinguished Professor of Practice

September 12, 2022

Siegfried Hecker

Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker

Dr. Siegfried (Sig) Hecker, former Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and one of the most honored US nuclear scientists, has joined the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies as Distinguished Professor of Practice.

Dr. Hecker, previously served as Co-Director of Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. He is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for Science Diplomacy, the University of California’s President’s Medal, and the Enrico Fermi Award from the President of the United States and the U.S. Department of Energy. Among his professional distinctions, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. His many publications include the two-volume tome: Doomed to cooperate: How American and Russian scientists joined forces to avert some of the greatest post-Cold War nuclear dangers.

CNS Director Bill Potter expressed his delight at the appointment and indicated that he could not think of anyone more committed than Sig to the CNS mission of training the next generation of nonproliferation specialists at home and abroad. Potter added: “Professor Hecker is a superb communicator of complex scientific issues to policy makers and students. He is a tremendous addition to the CNS and Middlebury Institute community.”

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