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Vienna Center for Disarmament
and Non-Proliferation

International platform for disarmament and non-proliferation dialogue, research, and education

Dr. Siegfried Hecker

Visiting Distinguished Scientist

Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker is a Visiting Distinguished Scientist at the VCDNP, on sabbatical from Stanford University. He is an emeritus director of Los Alamos National Laboratory. From 2007-2012, he was also a co-director of CISAC.

Hecker's research interests include plutonium science, nuclear weapon policy and international security, nuclear security (including nonproliferation and counter terrorism), and cooperative nuclear threat reduction.

During his stay at VCDNP, Dr. Hecker will be working on a book project and continue his research on nuclear programs in India, Pakistan, North Korea, and the nuclear aspirations of Iran.

Dr. Hecker is a member of the National Academy of Engineering; foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences; fellow of the TMS, or Minerals, Metallurgy and Materials Society; fellow of the American Society for Metals; fellow of the American Physical Society, honorary member of the American Ceramics Society; and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

His achievements have been recognized with the Presidential Enrico Fermi Award, the American Nuclear Society's Seaborg Medal, the Department of Energy's E.O. Lawrence Award, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Medal, among other awards including the Alumni Association Gold Medal and the Undergraduate Distinguished Alumni Award from Case Western Reserve University, where he earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in metallurgy.