Science & Technology

Many of these collections relate to the development of nuclear weapons, nuclear power plants, nuclear regulatory frameworks, and to debates about nuclear technology in the United States and abroad. Other collections document citizen diplomacy between scientists in the United States and the Soviet Union, particularly campaigns to aid the Soviet dissident physicist Andrei Sakharov.

Edward Teller Papers, Hoover Institution Archives

"Father of the Hydrogen Bomb," 1908–2003

Hoover Institution Archives Poster Collection, FR 217

Papers of Russian, Polish, German, and US chemists


Edward Teller Papers

US physicist; assistant director, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, 1949–52; director, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, 1954–75

Harold Melvin Agnew motion picture film

Member, Los Alamos Laboratory

Vitalii Leonidovich Kataev papers

Russian engineer; Soviet defense industry official


US physicist; chair, International Conference in Honor of Andrei Sakharov

Paul J. Flory Papers

US chemist; activist for dissident scientists

Dixy Lee Ray Papers

Chairman, United States Atomic Energy Commission, 197275

Scientists for Sakharov, Orlov and Shcharansky records

International organization for the promotion of human rights of scientists in the Soviet Union

Jesse C. Johnson Papers

Director, Division of Raw Materials, United States Atomic Energy Commission, 195063

Pioneers of Science and Technology Historical Association collection

Interviews with leading scientists, 1983–5

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Sidney Drell at the Conference on Andrei Sakharov and the Conscience of Humanity, December 2014
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Conference on Andrei Sakharov and the Conscience of Humanity

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 to Thursday, December 11, 2014

A two-day conference honoring physicist and Nobel Peace Prize–winner Andrei Sakharov was held at the Hoover Institution during December 10–11, 2014. Convened by former secretary of state George P. Shultz and physicist Sidney Drell, it drew a wide range of distinguished participants—from scientists, historians, and journalists to religious figures, military leaders, entrepreneurs and diplomats—as well as Professor Tatiana Yankelevich, daughter of Elena Bonner, Sakharov’s wife and also a staunch defender of human rights.

Nagasaki mushroom cloud, Harold Agnew motion picture film.

Harold Melvin Agnew

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Harold Melvin Agnew, a participant in the Manhattan Project and member of the scientific crew that flew alongside the Enola Gay to measure the yield of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, died Sunday at his home in Solana Beach, California, at age ninety-two.

The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb by Philip Ta

Book by Taubman highlights five cold warriors, including three Hoover fellows, and their quest to ban nuclear weapons

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Partnership, by Philip Taubman, a former Hoover media fellow and former New York Times reporter and now a consulting professor at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation, cites a January 2007 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal that “captured both the long-term vision of a world free of nuclear weapons and a set of more immediate steps to reduce nuclear dangers.” The ideas about how to disarm our nuclear establishment evolved over many years of detailed work, but The Partnership gives much credit for building support to ban nuclear weapons as well as providing hope that the world could be free of nuclear weapons to the 2007 Wall Street Journal op-ed.

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Edward Teller, Hoover Senior Research Fellow, Dies at Age 95

Wednesday, September 10, 2003
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Hoover Fellow Edward Teller Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Wednesday, July 23, 2003
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President Bush Honors Hoover Fellow Edward Teller with Presidential Medal of Freedom

Friday, July 25, 2003

Hoover fellow Edward Teller has been awarded the nation's highest civil honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Teller and ten other distinguished Americans, including Hoover overseer James Q. Wilson, were honored in a ceremony at the White House on July 23.

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Hoover Acquires Scientists for Sakharov, Orlov, and Sharansky Records

Monday, June 15, 1998

The Hoover Institution Archives at Stanford University has recently received a large set of papers from the human rights organization called SOS, Scientists for Sakharov, Orlov, and Sharansky.

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