Professor R. Scott Kemp

R. Scott Kemp is Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, and director of the MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Security and Policy.

Scott's research combines physics, politics, and history to help define policy options for achieving international security under technical constraints. He co-developed the physical-cryptographic method of verifying nuclear-warhead dismantlement. His work in nuclear archecology aims to detect trace radiation fingerprints left behind in the materials used in nuclear-weapon programs to reconstruct the history of weaponmaking activities. He also works on energy policy and was principal drafter of the APS position statement on climate change.

In 2010 and 2011, Scott served as Science Advisor in the U.S. State Department's Office of the Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control where he was responsible for framing the technical negotiations on Iran's nuclear program.

Scott received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in Public and International Affairs, and did undergraduate work in Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship in Physics, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

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Curriculum Vitae (PDF)