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On September 17, 2009, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu named Siegfried S. Hecker as a winner of the Enrico Fermi Award 'in recognition for his contributions to plutonium metallurgy, his broad scientific leadership and for his energetic and continuing efforts to reduce the danger of nuclear weapons around the globe. Dr. Hecker is credited with resolving a long-standing controversy involving the stability of certain structures (or phases) in plutonium alloys near equilibrium that arose from significant discrepancies between U.S. and former USSR research on plutonium metallurgy.'1
Dr. Hecker, 'a prominent U.S. expert on nuclear technology and policy, was appointed co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation, in the Freeman Spogli Institute [FSI] for International Studies at Stanford University on Jan. 16 . He also assumed positions as a professor (research) in the Stanford School of Engineering's Department of Management Science and Engineering and a senior fellow at FSI. …
An emeritus director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Hecker has fostered U.S. cooperation with Russian nuclear laboratories for 15 years to secure the vast stockpile of former Soviet nuclear weapons and materials. At CISAC, where he has been a visiting professor since fall 2005, Hecker has contributed to international projects to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and secure materials for making them.'2
1 Edited excerpt from Secretary Chu Names 2009 Enrico Fermi Award Winners
2 Edited excerpt from Renowned Nuclear Scientist Named CISAC Co-director
Additional information about Siegfried Hecker, plutonium, and nuclear nonproliferation is available in electronic documents and on the Web.
The Role of the DOE Weapons Laboratories in a Changing National Security Environment: CNSS Papers No. 8, April 1988, DOE Technical Report, April 1988
The Cold War is Over. What Now?, DOE Technical Report, April, 1995
Los Alamos Science No. 26, 2000
Additional Web Pages:
Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) 1985 - 1977
The Risks of North Korea's Nuclear Restart; May 12, 2009
2004 Seaborg Medal
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