M. V. Ramana obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from Boston University in 1994 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Physics, University of Toronto and the Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He came to Princeton in 1998. Between 2004 and 2009, he was at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Development in Bangalore, India. He is currently appointed jointly with SGS and the Nuclear Futures Laboratory and works on the future of nuclear energy in the context of climate change and nuclear disarmament. Ramana is the author of The Power of Promise: Examining Nuclear Energy in India. He is a member of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the International Panel on Fissile Materials.
American Physical Society's 2014 Leo Szilard Award
Dr. M.V. Ramana, a physicist and lecturer at Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security and the Nuclear Futures Laboratory has received the American Physical Society's 2014 Leo Szilard Award. He shares the award with Dr. R. Rajaraman, a fellow physicist based in Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University and vice-president of the Indian National Science Academy.
The Leo Szilard Lectureship Award recognizes "outstanding accomplishments by physicists in promoting the use of physics for the benefit of society in such areas as the environment, arms control, and science policy." In the award to Ramana and Rajaraman, the American Physical Society cited "outstanding contributions to promote global security issues, through critical analyses of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy programs in India and associated risks in the subcontinent, and efforts to promote peace and nuclear security in South Asia through extensive engagements and writings."
The Program on Science and Global Security, based in the Woodrow Wilson School, set up its Project on Peace and Security in South Asia in 1997 to help inform nuclear policy debates in India and Pakistan and to inform international policy towards the nuclear programs in these countries. Over the past fourteen years, the researchers and visitors of the South Asia Project, including Rajaraman, have published extensively on the many dangers posed by nuclear policies in India and Pakistan. This work has appeared as books, papers in academic and policy journals, book chapters, and in more accessible spin-off publications in newspapers and magazines.
This is the second award from the American Physical Society for researchers affiliated with the Project on Peace and Security in South Asia. The 2010 American Physical Society Joseph Burton Award went to Project visiting researchers Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy and Dr. A.H. Nayyar from Pakistan "for broadening the public understanding of science in Pakistan and for informing the public of the dangers of the nuclear arms race in South Asia."