Sidney D. Drell, a professor emeritus at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, has been appointed a senior fellow, by courtesy, at the Hoover Institution.
Drell, who served for many years as SLAC's deputy director, is a theoretical physicist and arms control specialist. He is a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and has advised the U.S. government for many years on technical issues of national security and arms control. Drell was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1984 and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Drell is currently collaborating with Hoover senior fellow Abraham Sofaer on a major conference on biological and chemical weapons to be held at Hoover in November. He will also edit a volume based on the conference proceedings and will take part in future Hoover activities on issues pertaining to national and international security.
Hoover director John Raisian pointed to a commendation from the Physicians for Social Responsibility in 1988 as a descriptive tribute of Drell's achievements.
The award committee wrote that Drell is "an example of what one person can do to bring about changes in society. By helping to bridge the gaps among the scientific community, the general public and policy-making sectors, Professor Drell has played an important role in changing our perception about the nature and utility of nuclear weapons of mass destruction."
After joining the physics faculty at Stanford in 1956, Drell transferred to SLAC when it was created in 1963. He later helped establish Stanford's Center for International Security and Arms Control.
Drell was educated at Princeton University and the University of Illinois.