Sidney Drell

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Sidney David Drell (September 13, 1926 – December 21, 2016) was an American theoretical physicist and arms control expert. He is a professor emeritus at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) and a fellow at the Hoover Institution. Drell is a noted contributor in the field of quantum electrodynamics and particle physics.


  • Science knows no boundaries, and efforts to create barriers – whether to keep new ideas within or to prevent new ones from entering from the outside – have universally proved harmful to progress.
    • in a tribute to Andrei Sakharov, Address at the National Academy of Science, November 13, 1988

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