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Alex Wellerstein

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Alex Wellerstein

Associate, Project on Managing the Atom



Alex Wellerstein received Ph.D. from the Department of the History of Science, Harvard University, in October 2010 and was a joint postdoctoral fellow at the Project on Managing the Atom and International Security Program for 2010–2011. He is currently Associate Historian at the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics.

His work focuses on the history of nuclear secrecy in the United States from the Manhattan Project through the War on Terror ("Knowledge and the Bomb: Nuclear Secrecy in the United States, 1939–2008"). His work on the history of nuclear weapons patenting has been the subject of an interview on NPR and a segment on PBS. He received a B.A. in History from University of California, Berkeley, in 2002 and was the Edward Teller Graduate Fellow in Science and Security Studies for the Office of History and Heritage Resources at the U.S. Department of Energy for 2007–2008.

He was a lecturer at Harvard University for the Spring 2011 semester, teaching a course on "Science and the Cold War" in addition to an introductory course in the history of science. In addition to his historical work, he is a graphic designer, web developer, and database programmer.



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