The U.S. Institute of Peace was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jonathan Tucker on July 31, 2011. Tucker was one of the United States’ foremost experts on biological and chemical weapons as well as on the eradication of smallpox, and an influential nonproliferation advocate. USIP President Richard Solomon remembers Tucker as someone widely respected for his combination of scientific expertise in biology and proliferation challenges and familiarity with the world of international security policy-making: "Jonathan made immense contributions to policy debates in his area of expertise.”
In 2002-2003, Tucker was a Jennings Randolph senior fellow at USIP, and the Institute benefitted greatly from his professional contribution. In November 2003, as a part of his fellowship, Dr. Tucker wrote a USIP PeaceWorks on “Biosecurity: Limiting Terrorist Access to Deadly Pathogens.” The Institute extends its sincere condolences to his family.