Jonathan B. Tucker
|Jonathan B. Tucker|
August 2, 1954|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||July 31, 2011
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Education||Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D.
Yale University, B.S.
|Occupation||Chemical and biological weapons expert|
|Website||FAS Staff Profile|
Early life and education
Tucker was born on August 2, 1954 in Boston, Massachusetts to Deborah Tucker. Tucker earned a B.S. in biology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in political science (focusing on defense and arms control study) from MIT.
After finishing his studies Tucker worked as an arms control specialist for the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, the U.S. Arms Control & Disarmament Agency, and the U.S. State Department. He was an editor at High Technology and Scientific American magazines and wrote about military technologies, biotechnology, and biomedical research. Tucker was a UN weapons biological inspector in Iraq in February 1995.
From 1996, he served as founding director of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and then served as a senior fellow in its Washington Office. He was a professional staff member for the bipartisan Commission on the Prevention of WMD proliferation and terrorism, which published World at Risk, a volume critical of US prevention strategies for post-9/11 terrorism.
In 2010, Tucker spent a semester teaching and researching at the TU Darmstadt in Germany as an endowed professor of peace and security studies, and most recently was a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington, D.C..
- "Historical trends related to bioterrorism: An empirical analysis". Emerging Infectious Diseases. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 5 (4): 498–504. July 1, 1999. doi:10.3201/eid0504.990406. PMC . PMID 10458952. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
- Ellie – A Child's Fight Against Leukemia. Henry Holt & Co. 1982. ISBN 0-03-057662-8.
- Toxic Terror: Assessing Terrorist Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons. MIT Press. 2000. ISBN 0-262-70071-9. (editor)
- Scourge: The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox. Grove Press. 2002. ISBN 0-8021-3939-6.
- War of Nerves: Chemical Warfare from World War I to Al-qaeda. Pantheon Books. 2006. ISBN 0-375-42229-3.
- Shapiro, T. Rees (August 3, 2011). "Biological weapons expert Tucker, 56, was known for fluency in politics". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
- "Jonathan B. Tucker". The New Atlantis. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
- Walker, Paul F. (4 August 2011). "Remembering a humble giant of biological and chemical weapons control". www.thebulletin.org. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
- Potter, Dr. William C. (August 1, 2011). "In Remembrance of Jonathan Tucker". CNS. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
- Dunn, David L. (25 July 2002). "Review: Scourge: The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox". N Engl J Med. 347: 298. doi:10.1056/NEJM200207253470420.
- Bass, Gary J. (12 Feb 2006). "Review: War of Nerves by Jonathan B. Tucker". NY Times.
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