Edwin Lyman

Senior Scientist, Global Security Program

Edwin Lyman is an internationally recognized expert on nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism as well as nuclear power safety and security. He is a member of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, and has testified numerous times before Congress and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Since joining UCS in 2003, he has published articles in a number of journals and magazines, including Science, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Science and Global Security, and Arms Control Today, and he has been cited in thousands of news stories, including articles in the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and USA Today, and in segments on ABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, NBC, NPR and PBS. Dr. Lyman also co-authored the critically acclaimed book, Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster (New Press), which was published in February 2014.

Before joining UCS, Dr. Lyman was president of the Nuclear Control Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based organization focused on nuclear proliferation. From 1992 to 1995, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University’s Center for Energy and Environmental Studies (now the Science and Global Security Program). He earned a doctorate degree in physics from Cornell University in 1992.

Edwin Lyman's Selected Publications


Lyman, E. 2014, “Material Accounting Issues at the U.S. MOX Facility, Proceedings of the International Atomic Energy Agency Symposium on International Safeguards, Vienna, Austria, 20-24, October.

Lochbaum D., Lyman E., Stranahan, S. 2014, Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster, The New Press.

Beyea J, Lyman E, von Hippel F. 2013. Accounting for long-term doses in "Worldwide health effects of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.”  Energy and Environmental Science (forthcoming). DOI:10.1039/C2EE24183H.

Lyman E. 2012. A comprehensive approach to protecting nuclear facilities and materials against terrorist threats.  Proceedings of the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Symposium, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 23 March.

Lyman E. 2012. Rotblat’s pursuit of nuclear peace.  New Scientist 213, no. 2849: 52.

Lyman E. 2011. Surviving the one-two nuclear punch.  Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists online, 16 September.

Lyman E. 2011. Nuclear safety post-Fukushima: a victory for the public’s right to know.  Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists online, 10 May.

Lyman E. 2011. Nuclear energy and human health. Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, Elsevier.

Lyman E. 2010. Security since September 11th.  Nuclear Engineering International, 20 May.

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