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International Security and Nonproliferation
Washington, DC
June 14, 2010

Washington, DC – Today, during the opening plenary of the American Nuclear Society’s Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, Richard J.K. Stratford was honored with the 2010 Henry DeWolf Smyth Nuclear Statesman Award. This prestigious award is jointly presented by the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI).

Stratford is Director of the Office of Nuclear Energy, Safety & Security in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of State. He is being recognized “For outstanding and statesmanlike contributions to the major aspects of nuclear energy activities in the United States and around the world over the past 25 years including having served twice as Chairman of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Committee of the Whole and in leading the U.S. team that successfully negotiated the U.S.-India and the U.S.-Russia Agreements for Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation.”

Nominees for this award exemplify the highest level of commitment to the policy and statesmanlike conduct. When asked about this year’s recipient, ANS President Tom Sanders, Manager of Global Nuclear Fuels at Sandia National Laboratory, stated, “We are fortunate to have such an extraordinary individual representing the U.S. and the world in this key technical and complex arena.”

The Henry DeWolf Smyth Nuclear Statesman Award was established in 1972 by the ANS and NEI to recognize outstanding and statesmanlike contributions to the many aspects of nuclear energy activities. Candidates must have international stature in a broad sector of the nuclear energy field, with much of their work directed toward the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Established in 1954, ANS is a professional organization of engineers and scientists devoted to the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. Its 11,000 members come from diverse technical backgrounds covering the full range of engineering disciplines as well as the physical and biological sciences. They are advancing the application of these technologies to improve the lives of the world community through national and international enterprise within government, academia, research laboratories and private industry.