Frank N. von Hippel

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Frank N. von Hippel
Alma materMIT and Oxford University

Frank N. von Hippel (born 1937) is an American physicist. He is Professor and Co-Director of Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

He is Arthur von Hippel's son, and Eric von Hippel's brother.[1]

Positions held[edit]

Frank von Hippel is a theoretical physicist, and a Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.[2] Prior to working at Princeton, he worked for ten years in the field of theoretical elementary-particle physics.[3]

In the 1980s, as chairman of the Federation of American Scientists, Von Hippel partnered with Evgenyi Velikhov in advising Mikhail Gorbachev on the technical basis for steps to end the nuclear arms race.

From 1993 to 1995, he was the Assistant Director for National Security in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.[4]

He now serves on the National Advisory Board of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, the research arm of Council for a Livable World.[5] He is a member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials.[6]

Research interests[edit]

Primary areas of policy research include: nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, nuclear power and energy issues, improving automobile fuel economy, and checks and balances in policymaking for technology. He played a major role in developing cooperative programs to increase the security of Russian nuclear-weapons-usable materials.[citation needed]

Von Hippel and his colleagues have worked on fissile material policy issues for the past 30 years, including contributions to: "ending the U.S. program to foster the commercialization of plutonium breeder reactors, convincing President Gorbachev to embrace the idea of a Fissile Material Production Cutoff Treaty, launching the U.S.-Russian cooperative nuclear materials protection, control and accounting program, and broadening efforts to eliminate the use of high-enriched uranium in civilian reactors worldwide".[citation needed]

Awards and honors[edit]



  • "Scientists and the Politics of Technology", Frank von Hippel and Joel Primack, Applied Spectroscopy, Vol. 25, Issue 4, pp. 403–413 (1971) [10]
  • Advice and Dissent: Scientists in the Political Arena. Basic Books, 1974
  • "Warhead and Fissile-material Declarations", Reversing the arms race: how to achieve and verify deep reductions in the nuclear arsenals, Editors Frank Von Hippel, R. Z. Sagdeev, Taylor & Francis, 1990, ISBN 978-2-88124-390-5
  • "Foreword", Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces, Editors Pavel Podvig, Oleg Bukharin, MIT Press, 2004, ISBN 978-0-262-66181-2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MIT Professor von Hippel dies at 105; was leader in materials research".
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  4. ^ "Interview With Dr. Frank von Hippel | Loose Nukes". Frontline. 1996. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Board". Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Members". International Panel on Fissile Materials. 3 August 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  7. ^ "APS Fellow Archive".
  8. ^ "Frank N. von Hippel - MacArthur Foundation". Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  9. ^ "Prize Recipient Frank von Hippel Princeton University". American Physical Society. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  10. ^ Hippel, Frank von; Primack, Joel (May 1971). "Scientists and the Politics of Technology". Applied Spectroscopy. 25 (4): 403–413. Bibcode:1971ApSpe..25..403V. doi:10.1366/000370271779950193. S2CID 95926649.

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