Invitation to join open letter on nuclear threat reduction

by Eoghan McGarrigle

MEDIA EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY MARCH 27 UNTIL 1PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME

Dear Marie-Curie Alumni, 

As you may know, a historic (and timely!) nuclear disarmament initiative is about to start at the UN, driven by most of the world's non-nuclear nations. An open letter of support from world scientists will be delivered at the opening ceremony, hopefully to Secretary General António Guterres, and I'm writing to invite you to join as a signatory. Can we count you in? Please click here to see the open letter, the signature box and the current list of signatories, which includes a former US Secretary of Defense and a multitude of Nobel Laureates and other top scientists from around the world. 

Comments: Given recent statements from Trump and Putin about restarting the nuclear arms race, there's no better time than now to make our voices heard. None of the supporters of these UN negotiations are naive and think that a treaty will magically rid the world of nuclear weapons. Rather, the goal of the treaty is to stigmatize nuclear weapons, just as the ban on landmines stigmatized those controversial weapons and pushed the superpowers to slash their arsenals.

It will be wonderful if you join by signing here: https://futureoflife.org/nuclear-open-letter/.

Reposted on behalf of:

Max Tegmark 
Professor of Physics, MIT
President, Future of Life Institute
70 Vassar St., Rm. 37-626B
Cambridge, MA 02139

Current signatories include:

William J. Perry, mathematician, US Secretary of Defense 1994-97, AAAS fellow
Peter Ware Higgs University of Edinburgh, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics, 2013 Nobel Laureate in Physics
Leon N. Cooper, Brown University, Professor of Science, 1972 Physics Nobel Laureate
Sheldon Glashow, Boston University, Professor of Physics & Mathematics, 1979 Physics Nobel Laureate
Wolfgang Ketterle, MIT, Professor of Physics, 2001 Physics Nobel Laureate
Edvard I. Moser, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Professor of Neuroscience, 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physiology/Medicine
May-Britt Moser, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Professor of Neuroscience, 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physiology/Medicine
David Gross, Kavil Institute For Theoretical Physics, Chancellor's Chair Professor of Theoretical Physics
Leland Hartwell Arizona State University, Professor, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Physiology/Medicine
Jerome I. Friedman MIT, Emeritus Professor of Physics, 1990 Nobel Laureate in Physics 1990
Paul Greengard The Rockefeller University, Professor of Neuroscience, 2000 Nobel Laureate Physiology/Medicine, Member, National Academy of Sciences
Roy J. Glauber Harvard University, Professor of Physics, Emeritus, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Physics
Richard J. Roberts New England Biolabs, Chief Scientific Officer, 1993 Nobel Laureate in Physiology/Medicine
David Politzer Caltech, Professor of Physics, 2004 Nobel Laureate in Physics
Frank Wilczek MIT, Professor of Physics, 2004 Nobel Laureate in Physics
Jack Steinberger CERN, Physicist, 1988 Nobel Laureate in Physics
J. Michael Bishop UCSF, Professor Emeritus of Microbiology and Immunology, 1989 Nobel Laureate in Physiology/Medicine
Eric Kandel Columbia University, University Professor, 2000 Nobel Laureate in Physiology/Medicine
Martin Chalfie Columbia University, University Professor, 2008 Chemistry Nobel Laureate
Stephen HawkingDirector of research at Dept. of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge, 2012 Fundamental Physics Prize Laureate for his work on quantum gravity
Sir Michael Atiyah Edinburgh University & Trinity College Cambridge, Professor of Mathematics, 1966 Fields Medalist
Charles D. Fergusson, physicist, President of the Federation of American Scientists
David Wright, physicist, Union of Concerned Scientists Global Security Program Co-Director and Senior Scientist
Lisbeth Gronlund, physicist, Union of Concerned Scientists Co-Director & Senior Scientist
Max Tegmark, MIT, Professor of Physics, President of Future of Life Institute, APS Fellow
Lisa Randall Harvard University, Professor of Physics, Fellow of NAS, AAAS, APS
Freeman Dyson Institute for Advanced Studies, Professor Emeritus of Physics, NAS member
Leona Samson, MIT, Professor of Biology & Biologiocal Engineering, AAAS & NAM
Christof Koch, Chief Scientific Officer, Allen Institute for Brain Science, AAAS Fellow
Nancy Kanwisher, MIT, Professor of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, AAAS & NAS Fellow
Steven Pinker, Harvard University, Professor of Psychology, NAS & AAAS Fellow
Vladimir Baranovsky Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow, Professor in International Relations, Academician (Russian Academy of Sciences), Member, Russian Academy of Sciences
Francesco Calogero, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics, former Secretary General of Pugwash Conferences in Science and World Affairs (1989-1997) and of the Pugwash Council (1997-2002)
Marin Soljačić, MIT, Professor of Physics, MacArthur Fellow
Scott Kemp MIT, Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, and director of the MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Security and Policy, Director of the MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Security and Policy
Owen Brian Toon University of Colorado Boulder, Professor of Atmospheric Science, Rossby Medal American Meteorological Society, Revelle Medal American Geophysical Society, Leo Szilard American Physical Society, Fellow American Geophysical Union, Fellow American Meteorological Society,
Alan Robock Rutgers University, Distinguished Professor of Climate Science, Fellow of American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, and American Association for the Advancement of Science
Karen Hallberg Balseiro Institute and Bariloche Atomic Center, Argentina; Council member, Pugwash Conferences for Science and World Affairs., Professor of Physics, Guggenheim Fellow
Alvin M. Saperstein Wayne State University, Professor of Physics, APS & AAAS Fellow
Thomas F. Koetzle Brookhaven National Laboratory, Senior Chemist (Retired), Fellow, American Crystallographic Association
John J. Russell UMass Dartmouth, Chancellor Professor of Physics Emeritus
Martin Rees Cambridge University, UK Astronomer Royal and House of Lords, Former President, Royal Society
James Harris Stanford University, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Member National Academy of Engineering, Fellow APS, IEEE, MRS & OSA
Ulrich Becker MIT, Professor Emeritus of Physics, APS Fellow
Howard Georgi Harvard, Professor of Physics, NAS member, Dirac & Sakurai medalist
Michael E. Fisher University of Maryland, Professor of Physics, Winner of Wolf Prize & Bolzmann Medal, AAAS Fellow
John Negele MIT, Professor of Physics, APS & AAAS Fellow, APS & AAAS Fellow
William Detmold MIT, Assistant Professor, APS Fellow
Martin C. Chapman Dept. of Geosciences, Virginia Tech, Professor of Geophysics
Ulrike Jordan University of Kassel, Professor of Thermal Engineering
Claude R Canizares MIT, Rossi Professor of Physics, NAS Member
Gregory A. Loew SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Emeritus Professor and Former Deputy Director, Fellow, American Physical Society
Min Chen MIT, Professor of Physics, Fellow, Italian Physical Society, Guggenheim Fellow
Georges Ripka Centre d'Etudes de Saclay, Physicist (retired), Société Française de Physique, Ordre National de Mérite
David Miller The University of Texas at Austin Biomedical Engineering Department, NSF Graduate Research Fellow in Biomedical Engineering, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, NIH Fellow in Imaging Science Fellow and Informatics
Brian Heap University of Cambridge, Sir, Fellow of the Royal Society
Alan Cottey School of Chemistry, University of East Anglia, Senior Fellow
Douglas Ross Southampton university, Emeritus professor of physics, Fellow of the Royal Society
Charalampos Tsoumpas University of Leeds, Lecturer in Medical Imaging, Senior Member IEEE; Fellow of Higher Education Academy
Bo-Sture Skagerstam Department of Physics, Norwegian University of Science and technology, Trondheim, Norway, Professor of Physics, Elected Member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Science (DKNVS), Trondheim, Norway,
Jeffrey Dean Google, Inc., Google Senior Fellow, Member of U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, winner of ACM Prize in Computing
Mazen Al Borno Stanford University, Postdoctoral Fellow
Bernhard Schölkopf Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Director, Member, German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina)
Diego Calvanese Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Professor of Computer Science, Fellow, European Association for Artificial Intelligence
Drasko Draskovic CERN, Senior Fellow, CERN
Peter Norvig Google, Director of Research, AAAS Fellow
Gordon Kane University of Michigan, Distinguished University professor of physics, Sakurai Prize of American Physical Society; Lilienfelf Prize of American Physical Society; Fellow of American Physical Society; Fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science; Fellow of British Institute of Physics
Grady Booch IBM, Chief Scientist, ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow
Geoffrey Hinton University of Toronto and Google, Emeritus Professor and Engineering Fellow, FRS; Foreign member of NAE and AAAS
Adam Linson University of Dundee, Research Fellow in Interactive Cognition
Ansgar Koene Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, Senior Research Fellow in Compute Science
Lawrence M. Krauss Arizona State University, Foundation professor, Fellow APS, AAAS, winner national science board public service award and Julius Lilienfeld Prize, Chair of Board of Sponsors of Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
Michael Wellman University of Michigan, Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, Fellow, ACM and AAAI
Dr Stephen Mounce University of Sheffield, Research Fellow
Sam Harris, Neuroscientist, author
Riccardo Ferrari TU Delft, Assistant Professor in Engineering, Marie Curie Fellow
Yoshua Bengio Université de Montréal, Professor of computer science, Canada Research Chair, CIFAR program director, NIPS board member
Daniel Dennett Tufts University, Cognitive Scientist, Philosopher, AAAS Fellow
Mel Siegel Carnegie Mellon University, Robotics Faculty, Fellow IEEE
Hussein Dia Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers; Fellow, Engineers Australia
Steven Minton InferLink Corp, President, Fellow, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
William Oldham University of California, Berkeley, Emeritus Professor EECS Berkeley, National Academy of Engineering, Fellow IEEE
Risto Miikkulainen The University of Texas at Austin, Professor of Computer Science, IEEE Fellow
Michael Schilling, Physicist (PhD), Fellow German Physical Society
Donald E. Knuth Stanford university, Professor Emeritus of the Art of Computer Programming, ACM Turing Award, Kyoto Prize, BBVA Foundations of Knowledge Award, Member NAS, Affiliate of French Bavarian Russian academies and Royal Society
Nicola Guarino ISTC-CNR, Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Research Director, Fellow, European Association for Artificial Intelligence
David Manuel Martins de Matos Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Senior Member, IEEE; Senior Member, ACM
Edward de Haan University of Amsterdam, Professor of Neuropsychology, Fellow of the British Psychological Society
Brian Greene Columbia University, Professor of Physics, Author, Founder of World Science Festival
Margaret Ann Boden University of Sussex, Research Professor of Cognitive Science, OBE; Fellow of Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence; Fellow of the British Academy; Member, Academia Europe.
Leslie Pack Kaelbling Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Panasonic Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Fellow Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
Noel Sharkey University of Sheffield, UK, Emeritus Professor of AI and Robotics, Fellow of Royal Institute of Navigation, Fellow of British Computer Society, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Denise Garcia Northeastern University, Professor of International Law and Negotiations, Nobel Peace Institute Fellow and Vice Chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control
Jianshun Zhang Syracuse University, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Fellow, ASHRAE and ISIAQ
James Hendler Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences; Fellow AAAI, IEEE, AAAS, ACM
Jonathan King, MIT, Professor of Molecular Biology
Anthony Aguirre, UC Santa Cruz, Professor of Physics
Henry Wortis, Tufts, Professor of Integrative Psysiology & Pathobiology
Roger Levy, MIT, Associate Professor of Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Gary Goldstein, Tufts, Professor of Physics
Catherine L. Drennan, MIT, Professor of Biology and Chemistry, Howard Hughes Medical Investigator
Sean J. Elliott, Boston University, Professor of Chemistry
Harold S. Shapiro, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
Ishara Millis-Henry, Framingham State University, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Tomohiro Inagaki Hiroshima University, Professor of Physics
Courtney M. Peterson University of Alabama of Birmingham, Assistant Professor of Nutrition & Metabolism
Bent Natvig University of Oslo, Professor of mathematical statistics with special responsibility for research in reliability of large technological systems
Tom Sauer University of Antwerp (Belgium), Professor in International Politics
Ramamurti Rajaraman, Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Josh Bongard
Alexander Vilenkin Tufts University, Professor of Physics
Leon Gunther Tufts University, Emeritus Professor of Physics
Alexander Glaser Princeton University, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and International Affairs
Mark Hertzberg Tufts University, Assistant Professor of Physics
Yngve Sundblad Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science
Noah D. Goodman Stanford University, Associate Professor of Psychology and Computer Science
Roald Hoffmann Cornell University, Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters Emeritus
Paul Hines University of Vermont, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering (Energy Systems), NSF CAREER awardee
Jürgen Scheffran University of Hamburg, PhD in physics, Professor of Geography
Wesley J. Metzger Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands, Associated Professor of Physics, retired
John C Vandervelde University of Michigan, Professor of Physics (Emeritus)
Joel Weisberg Carleton College, Professor of Physics, Astronomy & Natural Sciences
Duane Griffin Bucknell University, Associate Professor of Geography
Donald M. Zebolsky Creighton University, Associate Professor Emeritus of Physical Chemistry
Mark Vogelsberger MIT, Assistant Professor of Physics
Joseph A Formaggio MIT, Professor of Physics
Paolo Zuccon MIT, Assistant Professor of Physics
Muhammad Sahimi University of Southern California, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering and Materials Science
David E. Pritchard MIT, Professor of Physics, NAS member
Annick Suzon-Weiner University Paris-Sud, Professor of Chemical Physics, Fellow, American Physical Society
Esmat hanem amin Prof nuclear safety department ENRRA, Professor of nuclear reactor safety
Markus Klute MIT, Professor
Nikolai Bobylev Saint Petersburg State University, Russia, Associate Professor, Chair of Environmental Safety and Sustainable Development of Regions
Jesse Thaler MIT, Associate Professor of Physics
Peter Fisher MIT, Professor and Physics Department Head
Ting Wu Harvard, Professor of Genetics, NIH Director's Pioneer Awardee 2012
Kerstin Perez MIT, Assistant Professor of Physics
Professor Kevin P Clements National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, Dunedin , New Zealand, Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies
Manuel Reyes Cortes Universidad Autonoma De Chihuahua Mexico, Professor of Geology
C. Kumar N. Patel UCLA, Emeritus Professor of Physics & Astronomy
Daniel S Fisher Stanford University, Professor of Applied Physics
John Scales Avery Danish Pugwash Group, Associate Professor of Chemical Physics (Emeritus)
Luca Simoncini University of Pisa, Italy, Professor Emeritus of Computer Engineering
Andrea C. Levi (formerly) Università di Genova, Italia, Professor of Physics
Nicola Cufari Petroni University of Bari (Italy), Professor of Mathematics
Goetz Neuneck University of Hamburg, Pugwash Germany, Professor of Physics
Chris Danforth University of Vermont, Professor of Mathematics & Statistics
Ana Maria Cetto Instituto de Fisica, UNAM, Professor of Physics
Giuseppina Orlandini University of Trento, Italy, Professor of Physics
Angelo Baracca Department of Physics, University of Florence, Italy, Professor of Physics
Luis Alberto Montero-Cabrera Universidad de La Habana, Havana, Cuba, Professor of Physical Chemistry
James Allen Carroll University of Nebraska at Omaha, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Aram Harrow MIT, Assistant Professor of Physics
Hong Liu MIT, Professor of Physics
Joxe Alain EHESS, Ligue des Droits de l'Homme, France, U.Professor(R) of War & Peace Sociology
Loïc Merel IMJ-PRG, University Paris-Diderot, Professor of Mathematics
Wim A. Smit University of Twente, the Netherlands, Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and Society
Roberto Fieschi Phys. Dep., Parma Universuty, Italy, Professor Emeritus
Bruno Klingler University Paris 7, Professor of Mathematics
Leonardo Hoinaski Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Professor of Environmental Engineering
Abdul Hameed Nayyar Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Retired physics professor
Jacques Bordé CNRS, France, Director of Research (retired) in Physics
Ivar Ekeland, FRSC Universite Paris-Dauphine and University of British Columbia, Professor of Mathematics and Economics
Derek A L Paul Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, Emeritus Professor of Physics (University of Toronto)
Jennifer Allen Simons The Simons Foundation, President, The Simons Foundation, CM, Ph.D. LL.M
Claire Lacour Université Paris-Sud, Assistant Professor of Statistics
Peter Lachmann Cambridge University, Emeritus Professor of Immunology, FRS FMedSci
A David Caplin Imperial College London, Emeritus Professor of Physics
Tor Nordam Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Associate Professor
Jan Myrheim Department of Physics, Norwegian University of Science and technology, Trondheim, Norway, Professor of physics
Jens O. Andersen Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Professor of Physics
Sir John Ball University of Oxford, Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy
Kenneth Bray University of Cambridge, Emeritus Professor
Elisabeth Cramer Borde University of Versailles-St Quentin, Professor of Haematology
Amelie Montero Esteva Facultad de Comunicación, Universidad de La Habana, Profesora de Comunicación Social
Carl Holt University of Glasgow, UK, Emeritus Professor
Wit Busza MIT, Professor of Physics, Fellow, American Physical Society and Member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (PAU)
Steven N. Shore Univ. of Pisa, Italy, Professor of Astrophysics
Marina E. Vance University of Colorado Boulder, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Maria Luisa Chiofalo University of Pisa, Professor of Physics
Francesco Forti University of Pisa, Professor of Physics
Robert P. Redwine MIT, Professor of Physics
Ching-Ping Shih Wang University of Maryland, Professor Emeritus of Physics
Christophe Wasinski Université libre de Bruxelles, Belium, Professor in International Politics, PhD in International Politics

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