Last issue, we reported on work leading to a biography of Richard Garwin and we are making significant progress. He is, as most of you know, a major figure of the early atomic age, who is quite amazingly (given the number of intervening years) still very active in providing the government with technical advice and analysis related to defense and defense policy. Dr. Garwin has had an incredibly eclectic career, contributing advances in many areas of physics and applied mathematics, over the course of well over half a century. Many, but not all, of these contributions had important defense and intelligence applications. Beyond a mere list of diverse and major contributions, his career could alternatively and interestingly be interpreted as a paradigm and metaphor for the efforts of leading scientists — indeed of the scientific community — since World War II to influence government policy in their areas of expertise. For example, Dr. Garwin is famous for, among many other contributions, leading the design of the world’s first thermonuclear device, and later becoming a leading advocate for test ban treaties and stockpile reductions. A prospective author has been identified, and the project is proceeding.

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