Jozef 'Joe' Goldblat (1923-2012)

It is with much sadness that VERTIC has today learned of the passing of the long-time arms control practitioner and former VERTIC consultant Dr Jozef Goldblat.

Dr Goldblat was born in Poland in 1923 and began studying arms control in the 1950s. During his life, he was involved in disarmament negotiations in a number of capacities, including as the head of the Polish delegation to the Committee on Disarmament in Geneva. He wrote a number of books on the subject of arms control—including the highly respected Arms Control: A Guide to Negotiations and Agreements.

From 1969 to 1989 Dr Goldblat directed the Arms Control and Disarmament Research Programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, and in 1980 he assisted the UN Secretary-General in the preparation of a report on a then still-far-off comprehensive nuclear test ban. Dr Goldblat was a member of the VERTIC International Verification Consultants Network from 2000 to 2009, and made great contributions to the work of the organization.

Andreas Persbo, VERTIC’s Executive Director said, ‘Joe Goldblat’s work and good company has been a great inspiration for me over my comparably brief career. I last remember talking to him at the NPT PrepCom in Geneva. He then spoke slowly and in whispers, but for those who cared to take time to listen, his insights were as elegant and thoughtful as ever. I will greatly miss talking to him again.’

Last changed: Oct 02 2012 at 12:01 PM