Sir Joseph Rotblat, Polish physicist

Sir Joseph Rotblat, Polish physicist

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Credit: EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES/AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Sir Joseph Rotblat (1908-2005), Polish-British physicist. Rotblat graduated from the University of Warsaw in 1932, and worked as a research fellow in Warsaw until 1939. While visiting Liverpool, England, in 1939, he became involved in work on the atomic bomb projects there and at Los Alamos, USA. He became a British citizen in 1946. After World War II, he became a prominent critic of the nuclear arms race. With Bertrand Russell, he co- founded the Pugwash Conference in 1957. He shared the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on nuclear disarmament. He was knighted in 1998.

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