Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, PhD, is a founder of the Scientists Working Group on Biological and Chemical Weapons, established in 1989 and now affiliated with the Council for a Livable World’s Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. As the Cold War came to an end, the Working Group was the first voice calling for strengthening the Biological Weapons Convention and the norm against biological weapons. In June of this year, the Working Group held an international Symposium in Geneva on “Incapacitating Biochemical Weapons: Scientific, Military,Legal and Policy Perspectives and Prospects.”
Dr. Rosenberg was a member of a panel of scientists that advised President Clinton, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Health on biological weapons issues in 1998, and was an Advisor to the OTA study of Weapons of Mass Destruction in 1993-4. She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Working Group on Biological Weapons. Most recently, she has spoken widely on the need for a technical WMD investigative body at the UN.
She is also an officer of ProMED-mail, the global electronic rapid reporting system for outbreaks of emerging diseases, which was launched by the Working Group in 1994 as a prototype and later became an independent entity.
Trained as a molecular biologist, Dr. Rosenberg was for many years a cancer researcher at Memorial-Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and was Associate Professor of Biochemistry at Cornell Medical College. On leaving those positions she became a Research Professor at the State University of New York at Purchase, where she devotes most of her activity to biological weapons issues.
Watching While They Work
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists [November/December 2006]
Enforcing WMD Treaties: Consolidating a UN Role
Disarmament Diplomacy [January/February 2004]
Three Ways the UN Can Combat Bioterrorism
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists [January 2007]
Defending Against Biodefense: The Need for Limits
Disarmament Diplomacy [February/March 2003]
Nonlethal” Weapons Put Humanity at Risk (co-authored with ML Wheelis)
Los Angeles Times [December 1, 2002]