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Sir Joseph Rotblat (1908-2005), British physicist and one of the most prominent critics of the nuclear arms race, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995 in conjunction with the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, an organization of scientists which he headed at the time, for their efforts towards nuclear disarmament.
'Joseph Rotblat - Visionary for Peace' is dedicated to the life of this unique scientist and humanist. It contains contributions by Nobel Laureates, eminent scholars and prominent politicians who, each from their own perspective, shed light on the life and work of this distinguished scientist.
An introduction by the editors is followed by five central articles on Rotblat's biography, the impact of his work on science and peace and the Pugwash organization. The third part of the book consists of over 30 commentaries, written by the likes of Martin Rees, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jack Steinberger, Mohamed ElBaradei, Paul J.Crutzen, and Mairead Corrigan Maguire.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An important book." (CHOICE, January 2008)

‘…fascinating sets of essays…good place forlife scientists to begin considering their dual-use problem andwhat might be best done about it.’ (Nature, 26th July2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783527406906
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/9/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 371
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Reiner Braun studied German Literature, History and Journalism.Since 1982, he has been actively involved in the Peace Movement,working as Executive Director for Scientist for Peace andSustainability (Germany) and the International Network of Engineersand Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES). Since 2004, ReinerBraun has been working for various projects related to the EinsteinYear 2005 at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science inBerlin and for the Max Planck Society.

Robert A. Hinde, CBE, FRS, FBA, took a degree in biology at theUniversity of Cambridge and a D.Phil. at the University of Oxford.He was later awarded a Royal Society Research Professorship, andworked at Cambridge on animal behaviour using monkeys as models forassessing the effects of brief periods of maternal deprivation.Since the mid-seventies he worked on human personal relationships,with special reference to the relationships between individuals inhuman families. He was Master of St. John's College, Cambridge,from 1989-1994, and since then has written on the bases of religionand morality in human nature, and on the causes of internationalwar. He is Chair of the British Pugwash Group.

David Krieger received his Ph.D. in political science from theUniversity of Hawaii. He is a founder of the Nuclear Age PeaceFoundation and has served as its president since 1982. He hasinitiated many global projects seeking peace in the Nuclear Age andthe abolition of nuclear weapons, and provided leadership to theseprojects. He is the author and editor of numerous books on peace,disarmament and global security.

Harold Kroto received a B.Sc. (Chemistry, 1961) and a Ph.D.(Molecular Spectroscopy, 1964) from the University of Sheffield,England. After postdoctoral work at the National Research Council(Ottawa, Canada) and Bell Telephone Laboratories (Murray Hill, NJUSA) he started his academic career at the University of Sussex,England, in 1967. He became a professor in 1985 and a Royal SocietyResearch Professor in 1991. In 1996 he was knighted for hiscontributions to chemistry and later that year, together withRobert Curl and Richard Smalley (of Rice University, Houston,Texas), received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the discovery ofC60 Buckminsterfullerene, a new form of carbon.

Sally Milne graduated in Modern History from the University ofExeter, England, in 1964. She worked in the World Bank Division ofthe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations inRome, Italy, then returned to the UK to pursue her professionalcareer in education and training. From 1992 to 2002, she editedpapers for the Pugwash Conferences, and went on to become PersonalAssistant to Professor Sir Joseph Rotblat until 2005. She iscurrently the Executive Secretary for British Pugwash and broughtthe US PeaceJam Education Programme to the UK in 2006.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Joseph Rotblat

Joseph Rotblat and Pugwash by Jack Harris
Joseph Rotblat: the Nuclear Physicist by John Finney
Joseph Rotblat: Professor of Physics at Bart's Hospital MedicalSchool, 1949-1973 33 by Christopher R. Hill
Joseph Rotblat and Individual Responsibility by Robert A.Hinde
Joseph Rotblat and Peace by David Krieger
Rotblat and Pugwash: Some Personal Reminiscences by FrancescoCalogero
Joseph Rotblat: Guiding Pugwash through the Cold War by SandraIonno Butcher

Part 2: In Memory of Joseph Rotblat
Commentaries by prominent scientists, Nobel Prize Laureates,friends, and colleagues like Michael Atiyah, Joyce Bazire, ReinerBraun, Sandra Ionno Butcher, Ana María Cetto, PaoloCotta-Ramusino, Kim Dae-jung, Jayantha Dhanapala, Freeman Dyson,Mohamed ElBaradei, Michael Foot, Johan Galtung, Richard L. Garwin,Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Bryce Halliday, John P. Holdren, John R.Holt, Daisaku Ikeda, Fred Jerome, Bruce Kent, Michiji Konuma,Harold Kroto, Mikhail A. Lebedev, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, RonaldS. McCoy, Tom Milne, Maciej Nalecz, Götz Neuneck, JohnPolanyi, Martin Rees, Douglas Roche, Halina Sand, John Stachel,Jack Steinberger, Mark B. M. Suh, M.S. Swaminathan, Maj BrittTheorin, Jody Williams

Part 3: Appendix

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