Prize Recipient

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George Lewis
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


"For creative and sustained leadership in building an international arms-control-physics community and for their own excellence in arms-control physics."


George Lewis is Associate Director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a B.A. in physics and mathematics from the University of Virginia in 1977, a Ph.D. in experimental solid state physics from Cornell University in 1983, and was then a research associate in Cornell's Department of Applied Physics, working on ion beam technology, for five years. For the last 12 years, his research has focused on technical analyses of arms control and international security issues, at Cornell's Peace Studies Program, the Center International Security and Arms Control at Stanford University, and since 1989 at MIT. He has been a MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Fellow, a Social Science Research Council-MacArthur Foundation Fellow in International Peace and Security, and is an associate editor of the journal Science and Global Security. His research currently focuses on the technology and implications of ballistic missile defenses and on deep reductions in nuclear weapons. He is one of the co-organizers of the annual International Summer Symposiums on Science and World Affairs, which assist young scientists interested in working on security policy issues as a career.

Selection Committee:

Anthony V Nero (Chair), David W Hafemeister, Jeremiah Sullivan ('00 Rcpnt), Robert J. Lempert (Vice Chair), Mark W. Goodman