C. Paul Robinson, PhD
Vice Chairman of the Board
Dr. Robinson, a U.S. Ambassador, experimental physicist and nuclear arms control negotiator, is currently the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of ARC. Formerly, he was the President and Labs Director of Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia).
For the last 50 years, Dr. Robinson has made significant contributions to U.S. national security, arms control, proliferation prevention, and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy throughout the world. After earning a PhD in Physics from Florida State University in 1967, he joined the Experimental Test Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He later led all of the laboratory’s programs in nuclear weapons: R&D, defense support, and verification technologies. At the end of 1985, he joined an industrial firm Ebasco Services in New York, where he led, as Senior VP, the Advanced Technology sector, including the redesign and reconfiguration of a number of U.S. nuclear power plants, and other power systems worldwide.
In 1987 he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to be the U.S. Ambassador and Chief Negotiator for the Nuclear Testing Talks in Geneva, Switzerland, also serving in this post under President George H.W. Bush. He completed the Threshold Test Ban Treaty and the Treaty on Explosions for Peaceful Purposes, both of which were unanimously ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1990, and remain in force today between the U.S. and the inheritor states of the former Soviet Union. His work then with the Russian laboratories, including the Joint Verification Experiment of 1988, laid the foundations for U.S. – Russia Lab to Lab technical cooperation thereafter.
Dr. Robinson joined Sandia in 1990 and became its President and Director in 1995. Under his leadership at Sandia from 1995 to 2005, he led the strategic expansion of the laboratory’s work in counter-terrorism and security, including major R&D support for the defense and intelligence communities. Dr. Robinson organized several working sessions between 15 U.S. and Russian nuclear laboratories to examine nuclear technology advances and opportunities for cooperation in improving the safety, performance, and utilization of nuclear energy worldwide. While serving as Sandia President, Dr. Robinson pioneered innovative strategies for creating partnerships between national laboratories and the U.S. industry.
He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1998, then elected to the NAE Council, and today serves on the Executive Committee of the Governing Board for all three Academies: Science, Engineering and Medicine.
Dr. Robinson is perhaps best known as a world-renowned resource on nuclear energy and fuel cycles, including innovative systems for minimizing proliferation risks. Among his public service activities, he has served on the Strategic Advisory Group for Commanders of the U.S. Strategic Command and led the Policy Committee. He is the recipient of many medals and awards from government and industry, including from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, the American Nuclear Society, the American Physical Society, and the U.S. Department of Energy.