Sidney Drell

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Sidney D. Drell
Born (1926-09-13) September 13, 1926 (age 97)
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Nationality American
Fields Physics
Institutions Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Alma mater University of Illinois
Thesis Part I Magnetic internal conversion coefficient Part II Electrostatic scattering of neutrons Part III Anomalous magnetic moments of nucleons (1949)
Doctoral advisor Sidney Dancoff
Doctoral students Roscoe Giles
Notable awards E. O. Lawrence Award (1972)
Pomeranchuk Prize (1998)
Enrico Fermi Award (2000)
National Medal of Science (2011)

Sidney David Drell (born September 13, 1926) is an American theoretical physicist and arms control expert. He is a professor emeritus at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) and senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. Drell is a noted contributor in the fields of quantum electrodynamics and high-energy particle physics. The Drell–Yan process is partially named for him.


Drell received his PhD from the University of Illinois in 1949. He co-authored the textbooks "Relativistic Quantum Mechanics" and "Relativistic Quantum Fields" with James Bjorken. Drell is active as a scientific advisor to the U.S. government, and is a founding member of the JASON Defense Advisory Group. He is also on the board of directors of Los Alamos National Security, the company that operates the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is an expert in the field of nuclear arms control and cofounder of the Center for International Security and Arms Control, now the Center for International Security and Cooperation. He is a Senior Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution and an accomplished violinist. He is a trustee Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

Sidney Drell is the father of Persis Drell, the dean of the Stanford University School of Engineering.

Awards and honors


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