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R. Scott Kemp, Ph.D.

Norman C. Rasmussen Assistant Professor
Nuclear Science and Engineering

Research Affiliate
Program on Science and Global Security
Princeton University

Scott Kemp is the Norman C. Rasmussen Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, and director of the MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Security and Policy. His research combines physics, engineering, and the history of science to draw more clearly the limits and policy options for achieving international security under technical constraints.

From 2010-2011, he served as the State Department's science advisor in the Office of the Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control. While there he worked primarily on negotiations with Iran, and was one of the principal authors of the U.S. technical negotiating strategy for engaging Iran on a diplomatic basis.

Kemp received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, and a bachelor's in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an expert on uranium-enrichment technologies, nuclear proliferation, and the detection of covert nuclear-weapon programs. His research group is developing new methods to validate the authenticity of nuclear warheads to support verification of future arms-control treaties under a five-year grant from the National Nuclear Security Agency.

R. Scott Kemp's Curriculum Vitae


Cyber Weapons: Bold steps in a digital darkness? 
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 7 June 2012.

Worm Holes - Virus Attacks Iran's Enrichment Operations 
Jane's Intelligence Review, 15 Sept. 2011.

Physical Cryptographic Verification of Nuclear Warheads 
Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, Vol 113 No 31. (Aug. 2016).

The Nonproliferation Emperor Has No Clothes: The Gas Centrifuge, Supply-Side Controls, and the Future of Nuclear Proliferation 
International Security, Vol 38, No 4. (Spring 2014).

The End of Manhattan: How the Gas Centrifuge Changed the Quest for Nuclear Weapons 
Technology and Culture, Vol 53, No 2. (April 2012).

Gas Centrifuge Theory and Development: A Review of U.S. Programs 
Science and Global Security, Vol 17, No 1. (2009).

A performance estimate for the detection of undeclared nuclear-fuel reprocessing by atmospheric 85Kr link
Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, Vol 99, No 8. (Aug. 2008).

Space Weapons: Crossing the U.S. Rubicon 
International Security, Vol 29, No 2. (Fall 2004).

Last updated: Jan 2017