Frank N. von Hippel

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Frank N. von Hippel
Alma mater MIT and Oxford University[1]
Occupation Physicist

Frank N. von Hippel, Professor and Co-Director, Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.[2]

Positions held

Frank von Hippel, is a theoretical physicist, and a Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.[3] He has worked on nuclear policy issues for over thirty years. Prior to coming to Princeton, he worked for ten years in the field of theoretical elementary-particle physics.

From 1993 to 1994, he was the Assistant Director for National Security in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

In the 1980s, as chairman of the Federation of American Scientists, Von Hippel partnered with Evgenyi Velikhov in advising Mikhail Gorbachev on the technical basis for steps to end the nuclear arms race. In 1994-5, he served as Assistant Director for National Security in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.[4]

He is Co-Chair of the International Panel on Fissile Materials.[4]

Research interests

Primary areas of policy research include: nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, nuclear power and energy issues, improving automobile fuel economy, and checks and balances in policymaking for technology. He played a major role in developing cooperative programs to increase the security of Russian nuclear-weapons-usable materials.

Von Hippel and his colleagues have worked on fissile material policy issues for the past 30 years, including contributions to: "ending the U.S. program to foster the commercialization of plutonium breeder reactors, convincing President Gorbachev to embrace the idea of a Fissile Material Production Cutoff Treaty, launching the U.S.-Russian cooperative nuclear materials protection, control and accounting program, and broadening efforts to eliminate the use of high-enriched uranium in civilian reactors worldwide".[5]




  • "Scientists and the Politics of Technology", Frank von Hippel and Joel Primack, Applied Spectroscopy, Vol. 25, Issue 4, pp. 403–413 (1971) [6]
  • Advice and Dissent: Scientists in the Political Arena. Basic Books, 1974
  • "Warhead and Fissile-material Declarations", Reversing the arms race: how to achieve and verify deep reductions in the nuclear arsenals, Editors Frank Von Hippel, R. Z. Sagdeev, Taylor & Francis, 1990, ISBN 978-2-88124-390-5
  • "Foreword", Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces, Editors Pavel Podvig, Oleg Bukharin, MIT Press, 2004, ISBN 978-0-262-66181-2

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