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Sidney D. Drell, 1926 - 2016

Professor and Deputy Director Emeritus, Theorist, Arms Control Expert

Sidney D. Drell

Professional and Biographical Information

  • SLAC Celebrates Legacy of Theoretical Physicist Sidney Drell. US Department of Energy, 2018-02-06
  • Sidney Drell, theoretical physicist and national security expert at Stanford, dies at 90. Stanford News Service.
  • Sidney Drell, Who Advised Presidents on Nuclear Weapons, Dies at 90. New York Times. December 22, 2016
  • Hoover Institution
  • Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC)
  • Sid Stories
  • The Friendships of Sid Drell by Philip Taubman. Stanford Alumni Magazine March/April 2017
  • Interview with Sidney Drell, InMenlo blog, August 23, 2012
  • Biography from program for Drell's 50-year Service Award:
    Sidney Drell, Professor Emeritus, Director's Office, 7/1/1954
    Sidney Drell came to Stanford in 1951 after obtaining his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in 1949. In 1956, Sidney was hired as a Professor of Physics at SLAC, as well as serving as Deputy Director of SLAC from 1969 to 1998. Since 1998, he has been Professor Emeritus at SLAC and senior fellow, by courtesy, at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. He was also a founding member of JASON, a group of scientists who consult the government on critical national issues. Sidney served as a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board from 1993 to 2001. He has served on many other outstanding positions and received many awards and accolades for his work in physics and nuclear arms control. In 1998, it was said of Sid’s impact on arms control & defense, that “Sid has been an important contributor to, indeed shaper of, the debates and the concerns about the issues. His research and contributions have spanned the fields of theoretical physics, elementary particle physics, and quantum theory; national security and arms control.

Events and Photos


  • For a list of Sidney D. Drell publications, please see the entries in inSPIRE HEP
  • For a list of SLAC newsletter articles about Drell (some with links to full text), please go to our Popular Periodicals database

Archival Materials

  • Drell papers held by the SLAC Archives and History Office are currently being processed, and are not yet open for research. SLAC staff may access descriptions of the Drell Papers held by the SLAC Archives, History & Records Office.
  • Sidney D. Drell miscellaneous papers at the Hoover Institution
  • Niels Bohr Library & Archives, Center for History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics oral history
Speaking at SLAC's 25th anniversary in 1982 On July 1, 1969 physicist and arms control specialist Professor Sidney Drell became Deputy Director of SLAC. Joe Ballam at SLAC Experiment vs. Theory Softball Game, June 16, 1984

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