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Rotblat, Sir Joseph

Polish-born British physicist who became a leading critic of nuclear weaponry. He was a founding member (1957), secretary-general (1957-73), and president (1988-97) of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, a London-based worldwide organization of scholars that seeks solutions to problems of national development and international security. In 1995 Rotblat and his organization were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace for their long-standing promotion of nuclear disarmament, most notably by sponsoring discussions between scientists from the United States and the Soviet Union.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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