04/21/2008 - 09:34

Pavel Podvig receives Szilard Award

Bulletin online columnist Pavel Podvig, member of the Bulletin's Science and Security Board and research associate at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation, received the Leo Szilard Lectureship Award from the American Physical Society at its April meeting in St. Louis.

Podvig shared the award with Anatoli Diakov, professor of physics at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and since 1991 the director of its Center for Arms Control, Energy, and Environmental Studies.

The two were honored "for establishing a center for scientific study of arms control, for landmark analyses, and for courage in supporting open discussion of international security in Russia." The annual award was established in 1974 by the Forum on Physics and Society as a memorial to Leo Szilard, an early member of the Bulletin's Board of Sponsors, in recognition of his concern for the social consequences of science.