Federation of American Scientists
Charles D. Ferguson is the President of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). FAS was founded in 1945 by Manhattan Project atomic scientists and is dedicated to giving scientists a voice in public policy. Prior to FAS, Dr. Ferguson served as the Philip D. Reed Senior Fellow for Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Before his work at CFR, he was the Scientist-in-Residence in the Monterey Institute Center for Nonproliferation Studies, where he co-wrote (with William Potter) the book The Four Faces of Nuclear Terrorism (Routledge, 2005). He was the lead author of the 2003 report Commercial Radioactive Sources: Surveying the Security Risks, which was the first in-depth, post-9/11 study of the dirty bomb threat. This report won the 2003 Robert S. Landauer Lecture Award from the Health Physics Society. He has served as an adviser to the U.S. government and national laboratories. In May 2011, his book Nuclear Energy: What Everyone Needs to Know was published by Oxford University Press. In 2013, he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his work in educating the public and policy makers about nuclear issues. He graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy, served in the nuclear Navy during the Cold War, and earned a Ph.D. in physics from Boston University.