Prize Recipient

James Timbie

James Timbie
U.S. Department of State


"For demonstrating resolve, creativity, and skill in advising national security leadership on nuclear arms control and nonproliferation agreements."


James Timbie, Ph.D., as a U.S. State Department senior advisor from 1983 to 2016, played a central role in the negotiation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces and the Strategic Arms Reduction agreements, signed by the U.S. and the former Soviet Union and Russia, the purchase of enriched uranium extracted from dismantled Russian nuclear weapons for use as nuclear energy fuel in the U.S. and the establishment of an international enriched uranium fuel bank. Before his retirement in 2016, Dr. Timbie was the lead U.S. expert in the negotiation of the nuclear agreement with Iran. From 1971 to 1983, he was a scientist at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, playing a key role in the negotiation of the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks I and II agreements with the former Soviet Union. In 1971, Dr. Timbie received his undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University (N.J.), and his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University (Palo Alto, Calif.) in 1971.

Selection Committee:

2017 Selection Committee Members: Micah Lowenthal, Chair; Arian Pregenzer, Vice Chair; Joel Primack; and Fred Bernthal