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Kosta Tsipis papers

Identifier: MC-0527

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists primarily of project files relating to militarization or arms control studies conducted under the auspices of the MIT Program in Science and Technology for International Security (PSTIS) between 1976 and 1995. Also included are Grants and proposals Files and General PSTIS Administrative Files from the 1970s to 1990s. Other materials relate to Kosta Tsipis's work for GIISS, SIPRI, and WCC. The collection includes a few folders of speeches and writings by Tsipis, mostly about arms control issues.

The October 2015 accrual (boxes 14-24) consists of Kosta Tsipis’s writings on arms control between 1960 and 2000 as well as incoming and outgoing correspondence, some in Greek, between 1972 and 2000.


  • 1960 - 2000


Access note

This collection is open.

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Kosta Tsipis (1934-2020) was born in Greece and received his early schooling in Athens. He earned the B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University in 1958 and the M.Sc. in Atomic Physics from Rutgers in 1960. He received the Ph.D. in High Energy Nuclear Physics from Columbia University in 1966.

Tsipis came to MIT in 1966. He was a research associate in the Department of Physics and Laboratory for Nuclear Science (1966-1968), Associate Professor of Physics (1968-1971), Research Fellow in Biology (1971-1973), Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies (1973-1978), and Research Scientist in Physics (1978-1983) and at the Program in Science, Technology and Society (1983-1994).

In 1978 he co-founded the MIT Program in Science and Technology for International Security (PSTIS) and was its Associate Director (1978-1982), Co-Director (1982-1983), and Director (1983- ). He has been involved in arms control studies and advocacy for many years and has sat on the Board of Directors or Board of Advisors for a number of groups, including the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the World Council of Churches (WCC), and the Greek Institute for International Security Studies (GIISS). He was the founder and Chair of GIISS (1987-1993), consultant for SIPRI (1973-1978), and Scientific Advisor to WCC (1984-1991).


24 Cubic Feet (24 record cartons)

Language of Materials


Greek, Modern (1453-)


The Kosta Tsipis papers document the professional life of Kosta Tsipis, the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Program in Science and Technology for International Security (PSTIS) and span the years 1972 to 2000. The papers document the project files relating to arms control studies and militarization, including Milstar, the Strategic Defense Initiative (“Star Wars”) program and nuclear crash studies. The files also include proposals, articles, correspondence, speeches, reports, lectures and administrative files.


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