April 15, 2005  


Sid Drell is Third Recipient of 50 Year Award

Sid Drell (DO)
Photo by Diana Rogers

Sidney Drell (DO) came to Stanford in 1951, after obtaining his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in 1949.

In 1956, Drell was hired as a Professor of Physics at Stanford. From 1963 to 1998, he was a Professor 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.

Drell was also a founding member of JASON, a group of scientists who consult the government on critical national issues. Drell 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 arms control.

In 1998, it was said of his impact on arms control and defense, that “Sid has been an important contributor to, indeed shaper of, the debates and the concerns about the issues.”

Sid Drell (DO) is shown seated in the special chair presented by Jonathan Dorfan to him for 50 years of service at Stanford and at SLAC.
Photo by Diana Rogers

His research and contributions have spanned the fields of theoretical physics, elementary particle physics, quantum theory, national security and arms control.

Past recipients of this award were Karl Brown and W.K.H. Panofsky. They are honored with a special chair that has the Stanford logo carved into it.


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