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» August 4, 2011

Biological Weapons Expert Jonathan Tucker Was Known for Fluency in Politics

T. Rees Shapiro | Washington Post

Jonathan Tucker

Jonathan B. Tucker, 56, one of the country's foremost experts on biological and chemical weapons and an influential nonproliferation advocate, was found dead July 31 at his home in the District.

A spokeswoman in the District's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said determination of the cause of death was pending further investigation. Last year, Dr. Tucker stepped down after nearly 15 years as a research fellow in Washington at what is now the Monterey Institute's James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. At his death, he was awaiting a security clearance for a new job at the Department of Homeland Security.

A former editor at the journal Scientific American, he wrote authoritative histories on chemical warfare and the eradication of smallpox. In the early 1990s, he worked on arms control and nonproliferation matters at the State Department and the congressional Office of Technology Assessment.

Editor's note: It is with sadness we report the passing of Jonathan Tucker, an expert of deep knowledge and credibility and an outstanding colleague. He will be greatly missed. Full Article   

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