Frank Barnaby

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Frank Barnaby (1982)

Frank Charles Barnaby[1] (27 September 1927 – 1 August 2020)[2] was an English nuclear physicist who served as the Nuclear Issues Consultant to the Oxford Research Group, a freelance defence analyst, and a prolific author on military technology. He was based in the United Kingdom.[3]

He was born in Andover, Hampshire, and was educated at Andover Grammar School and the University of London.[2]

Barnaby trained as a nuclear physicist and worked at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, Aldermaston, between 1951 and 1957. He was on the senior scientific staff of the Medical Research Council (UK) when a university lecturer at University College London (1957–1967).

Barnaby was Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) from 1971 to 1981. In 1981, Barnaby became a founding member of the World Cultural Council.[4] He was a professor at the VU University Amsterdam 1981–85, and awarded the Harold Stassen Chair of International Relations at the University of Minnesota in 1985.[1] He also served as the Executive Secretary of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.[5]

He was married and has a son and a daughter.[2]

He died on 1 August 2020 at the age of 92.[6]


  • The nuclear future (Fabian Society, 1969)
  • Man and the Atom (Minerva, 1971)
  • Nuclear proliferation and the South African threat (1977)
  • Future Warfare (Michael Joseph, 1986)
  • Star Wars (Fourth Estate, 1987)
  • The Automated Battlefield (Sidgwick & Jackson, 1987)
  • The Invisible Bomb (Tauris, 1989)
  • The Gaia Peace Atlas (Pan, 1989)
  • A Handbook of Verification Procedures (editor - Palgrave Macmillan, 1990)
  • The Role and Control of Military Force in the 1990s (1992)
  • How to Build a Nuclear Bomb: And Other Weapons of Mass Destruction (Granta, 2003) ISBN 978-1862076242
  • The Future of Terror (Granta, 2007) ISBN 978-1862078710
  • Prospects for Peace (Pergamon, 2013) ISBN 978-1483234533
  • How Nuclear Weapons Spread: Nuclear-Weapon Proliferation in the 1990s (Routledge, 2016) ISBN 978-1138991774


  1. ^ a b Frank Barnaby (14 June 2004), Expert opinion of Frank Charles Barnaby in the matter of Mordechai Vanunu (PDF), retrieved 16 December 2007
  2. ^ a b c "BARNABY Frank BSc, MSc, PhD". World Who's Who. Routledge. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  3. ^ Oxford Research Group: Staff and consultants Archived 2008-01-13 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "About Us". World Cultural Council. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Frank Barnaby - Parent of the Field". George Mason University. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Obituary: Professor Frank Barnaby 1927-2020". Archived from the original on 21 August 2020. Retrieved 18 August 2020.

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