Joseph Rotblat and the Moral Responsibilities of the Scientist

  title={Joseph Rotblat and the Moral Responsibilities of the Scientist},
  author={Martin Clifford Underwood},
  journal={Science and Engineering Ethics},
  • M. Underwood
  • Published 27 February 2009
  • Political Science
  • Science and Engineering Ethics
Professor Sir Joseph Rotblat was one of the most distinguished scientists and peace campaigners of the post second world war period. He made significant contributions to nuclear physics and worked on the development of the atomic bomb. He then became one of the world’s leading researchers into the biological effects of radiation. His life from the early 1950s until his death in August 2005 was devoted to the abolition of nuclear weapons and peace. For this he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize… 
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