Jonathan B. Tucker

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Jonathan B. Tucker
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Born (1954-08-02)August 2, 1954
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died July 31, 2011(2011-07-31) (aged 56)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Nationality United States
Education Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D.
Yale University, B.S.
Occupation Chemical and biological weapons expert
Title Doctor
Website FAS Staff Profile

Jonathan B. Tucker (August 2, 1954 – July 31, 2011)[1] was a United States chemical and biological weapons expert.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Tucker was born on August 2, 1954 in Boston, Massachusetts to Deborah Tucker.[1] 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..[3]


On July 31, 2011, Tucker was found dead in his home in Washington D.C.. He was 56.[1][4]

Published works[edit]



  1. ^ a b c Shapiro, T. Rees (August 3, 2011). "Biological weapons expert Tucker, 56, was known for fluency in politics". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  2. ^ "Jonathan B. Tucker". The New Atlantis. Archived from the original on 2016-08-22. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  3. ^ Walker, Paul F. (4 August 2011). "Remembering a humble giant of biological and chemical weapons control". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  4. ^ Potter, Dr. William C. (August 1, 2011). "In Remembrance of Jonathan Tucker". CNS. Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Bass, Gary J. (12 Feb 2006). "Review: War of Nerves by Jonathan B. Tucker". NY Times. 

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