On July 1st 2019, former CRDF Global board member, Dr. Victor Rabinowitch, passed away at the age of 84. Victor had a long and illustrious career, throughout which he was devoted to the cause of promoting science and diplomacy. Victor spent 25 years at the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council (NAS/NRC), including serving as executive director of the Office of International Affairs of the NRC. He subsequently served as senior vice president of the MacArthur Foundation and was instrumental in opening MacArthur’s field office in Moscow.
In the months following Victor’s death, a group of friends, colleagues, and family members came together to organize the Victor Rabinowitch Memorial Symposium. With generous support from the Lounsbery Foundation and CRDF Global, the symposium was originally planned as a two-day in-person event, which was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The organizing committee is now pleased to announce the launch of a new Victor Rabinowitch Memorial Symposium, reborn not as a one-time event, but as an ongoing, living tribute. At the outset, two components are envisioned: a virtual seminar series on key issues in international scientific cooperation (to be jointly hosted by the National Academies and CRDF Global), and an annual prize for young leaders in international scientific cooperation.
The Victor Rabinowitch Memorial Symposium was made possible by the Richard Lounsbery Foundation,the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, CRDF Global, and private donors.