Zia Mian to receive 2014 Linus Pauling Legacy Award

Dr. Zia Mian, a physicist with Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security, will receive the 2014 Linus Pauling Legacy Award, sponsored by the Oregon State University Libraries and Press. The award is given for his accomplishments as a scientist and as a peace activist in contributing to the global effort for nuclear disarmament and for a more peaceful world.

The Linus Pauling Legacy Award is granted every other year to an individual who has achieved in an area once of interest to Linus Pauling.  Dr. Mian’s career parallels Pauling’s in the dual nature of his work. The connections between the two men are particularly important as December 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Linus Pauling’s receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning to end nuclear weapons testing. Pauling remains the only person to have received two unshared Nobel prizes.

Dr. Mian is the eighth person to receive the Pauling Legacy Award.  Past recipients have included Roald Hoffmann in 2012 (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1981), Roger Kornberg in 2010 (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2003), Roderick MacKinnon in 2008 (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2003), Matthew Meselson in 2004 and in 2003 Sir Joseph Rotblat (Nobel Peace Prize 1995).

A native of Pakistan, Mian has a Ph. D. in physics, which he received from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom. He has worked since the early 1990s in Pakistan and in the United States on nuclear weapons and nuclear energy policy, especially in South Asia, and on issues of global nuclear disarmament and peace. Dr. Mian currently directs the Project on Peace and Security in South Asia at Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security, which is part of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he also teaches. 

A prolific author and engaging speaker who is known worldwide, Mian is co-editor of Science & Global Society, an international journal of technical analysis for arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation policy. He is also a founder-member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials, an independent group of arms-control experts from eighteen countries that works to develop policies to reduce and eliminate the global stockpiles of highly enriched uranium and plutonium, the key ingredients for nuclear weapons. Along with his scholarly work, he has written and helped to produce two documentary films on peace and security in South Asia – “Pakistan and India under the Nuclear Shadow,” (2001) and “Crossing the Lines: Kashmir, Pakistan, India” (2004). He also serves on the boards of several national and international non-profit organizations working for peace and justice.

As part of the celebration marking Dr. Mian’s acceptance of the award, he will be delivering a free public lecture at the Oregon History Society in Portland, Oregon on Monday, April 21, 2014, at 7:30 pm.  All are most welcome to join us for this special event. For more information, please contact the Special Collections & Archives Research Center at 541-737-2075 or scarc@oregonstate.edu.

Posted - December 11, 2013