Remembering Roland Timerbaev (1927-2019)

The Pugwash community is saddened by the loss of Roland Timerbaev, a leading non-proliferation specialist and one of the authors of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of
Nuclear Weapons. Ambassador Timerbaev was a prominent scientist and diplomat, who during a long and distinguished career served as a participant to the creation of the ABM Treaty, as Permanent Representative of the USSR and the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna (1988-1992), as President and Chairman of the Executive Board of the PIR Center in 1994-2010, and, as a Pugwashite since 1997, was a member of the Russian Pugwash Committee between 2001-2014.

Pugwash President Sergio Duarte and Secretary General Paolo Cotta Ramusino convey their personal condolences to the family of Ambassador Roland Timerbaev on his passing, as well as to colleagues in Russian Pugwash and PIR Center. Ambassador Duarte added that, “As a young member of the Brazilian  delegation to the Eighteen-Nation Disarmament Committee from 1966 to 1968 I had the privilege of working with Roland during the discussions of the draft NPT and later on different occasions. His competence, professionalism and warm personality will continue to inspire diplomats who work for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.”