Federation of American Scientists

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The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) is an "organization founded in 1945 as the Federation of Atomic Scientists," its website states. FAS "founders were members of the Manhattan Project, creators of the atom bomb and deeply concerned about the implications of its use for the future of humankind.

"Known in its early years as the 'scientists lobby,' FAS combines the scholarly resources of its member scientists and informed citizens with knowledge of practical politics. Endorsed by the nearly 60 Nobel Laureates in biology, chemistry, economics, medicine, and physics as sponsors, FAS is uniquely qualified to bring the scientific perspective to public policy. FAS' strategies include advocacy, briefings with policy makers and the press, public education and outreach, collaboration with civil rights, human rights, and arms control groups, and grassroots organizing. [1]"

FAS works to challenge excessive government secrecy and promote public oversight with their FAS Project on Government Secrecy. Part of the project includes the distribution of the free electronic newsletter Secrecy News, which provides informal coverage of new developments in secrecy, security and intelligence policies.

Additional projects include


Accessed September 2009: [1]

Other Board Members

  • Philip B. Carter - President, Thurman-Zumwalt Foundation (TZF)
  • Esther Dyson - EDventure Holdings
  • Lee Fikes - President and CEO, Leland Fikes Foundation
  • David R. Franz - Director, National Agricultural Biosecurity Center at Kansas State University
  • Richard L. Garwin - IBM Fellow Emeritus at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York
  • Nathaniel Goldhaber - Managing Director, Claremont Creek Ventures
  • Eamon Michael Kelly - Executive Director, Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer at Tulane University
  • Neal Lane - Malcolm Gillis University Professor and Senior Fellow, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, at Rice University
  • Gilman Louie - Partner at Alsop Louie Partners
  • J. Kevin Moran - Chief Operating Officer, The Investor Relations Group
  • Kumar N. Patel - Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Harold Smith - Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor with the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley (UCB)
  • Richard Wald - Fred Friendly Professor of Journalism, The Journalism School, Columbia University
  • Irving Wladawsky-Berger - Chairman Emeritus, IBM Academy of Technology, and Visiting Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ex Officio:


Accessed September 2009: [2]


  • Alice Kimball Smith, A Peril and a Hope: The Scientists Movement in America, 1945-1947 (University of Chicago Press, 1965).
  • Donald A. Strickland, Scientists in Politics: The Atomic Scientists Movement, 1945-1946 (Purdue University Press, 1968).


Federation of American Scientists
1725 DeSales Street NW, 6th floor
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202)546-3300
Fax: (202)675-1010
Email: fas AT fas.org
Web: http://www.fas.org/

Resources and articles

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  1. Directors, Federation of American Scientists, accessed September 1, 2009.
  2. Funders, Federation of American Scientists, accessed September 1, 2009.