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Arjun Makhijani


Arjun Makhijani is President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research in Takoma Park, Maryland. He earned his Ph.D. in engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 1972, specializing in nuclear fusion.

A recognized authority on energy issues and nuclear issues in particular, Dr. Makhijani is the author and co-author of numerous reports and books on topics such as radioactive waste storage and disposal, nuclear testing, disposition of fissile materials, energy efficiency, and ozone depletion. He is the principal editor of Nuclear Wastelands: A Global Guide to Nuclear Weapons Production and Its Health and Environmental Effects, published by MIT Press in July 1995, and subsequently nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by MIT Press. He is the author of Ecology and Genetics (2001) and co-author of Rule of Power or Rule of Law?(2003). In 1989 he received The John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism of the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, with Bob Alvarez and was awarded the Josephine Butler Nuclear Free Future Award in 2001. He has many published articles in journals such as The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and The Progressive, as well as in the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Dr. Makhijani has testified before Congress, and has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Evening News, NPR, CNN, and CBC. He has served as a consultant to numerous organizations including the Tennessee Valley Authority, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and several agencies of the United Nations.



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