Dr. Francis Slakey

Francis Slakey is the Upjohn Lecturer on Physics and Public Policy at Georgetown University, specializing in energy and security policy. He is also the author of the best-selling adventure memoir "To The Last Breath".

Dr. Slakey received his PhD in Physics in 1992 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His technical publications have received more than 500 citations. He has also written widely on science policy issues, publishing more than fifty articles for the popular press including The New York Times, Washington Post, and Scientific American. He has served in advisory positions for a diverse set of organizations including the National Geographic, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Creative Coalition — the political advocacy organization of the entertainment industry. He is a Fellow of the APS, a Fellow of the AAAS, a MacArthur Scholar, and a Lemelson Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution.

Dr. Slakey is the first person in history to both summit the highest mountain on every continent and surf every ocean. He became the 28th American to summit Mt. Everest in an unguided expedition that was the subject of the movie "Beyond the Summit". In recognition of his adventures, as part of the 2002 Olympic Games, he carried the Olympic torch from the steps of the US Capitol.

Current Positions

Co-Director, SPI
Upjohn Lecturer on Physics and Public Policy, Georgetown University
Associate Director of Public Affairs, APS

Contact Information

email: slakeyf@georgetown.edu
phone: 202.662.8706

Areas of Concentration

Energy & Defense Policy

Education

PhD in Physics, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, 1992

Publications & Commentary

Dr. Slakey's scientific publications have received more than 500 citations. He has also written widely on science policy issues, publishing more than fifty articles for the popular press including The New York Times, Washington Post, and Scientific American.

Recent technical publications include:

Distinctions

Fellow, AAAS
More than 100 invited talks including to US Strategic Command, NASA, and AAAS
Lemelson Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution
MacArthur Scholar
Fellow, American Physical Society
Participant in White House ceremony with President Bush
Participant in White House Nuclear Test Ban event with President Clinton
Invited Speaker, Library of Congress
NATO Assistantship to the Advanced Study Institute, St. Andrews, Scotland
NATO Assistantship to the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Jerusalem
APS "Centennial Speaker"
NSF Summer Scholarship, Utah State University, Logan
Fellow, Explorers Club
Olympic Torch Carrier from steps of the US Capitol, 2002 Olympic Games
28th American to summit Mt. Everest
Summited the highest mountain on every continent

Advisory Positions, current and recent

Advisory Board, Reviews of Policy Research
Nuclear Weapons Complex Assessment Committee, AAAS
Science Consultant, The National Geographic
Council Member, The Gerson Lehrman Group
Science Advisor, The Creative Coalition
Judge, Westinghouse & AAAS Science Journalism Awards
Advisory Panel on Nuclear Terrorism, Council on Foreign Relations
Advisory Panel on Lab Improvement, National Science Foundation
Advisory Board, The Triple Helix

Non-Academic Interests

Dr. Slakey became the 28th American to summit Mt. Everest in an unguided expedition that hauled 700 spent oxygen bottles and a half-ton of trash off the mountain. He is the first person in history to summit the highest mountain on every continent and surf every ocean. He has hitchhiked across Central Asia, lived with Masai in East Africa, scaled the granite face of El Cap, and skied in Antarctica. He appeared in the National Geographic documentary, Beyond the Summit, narrated by Sharon Stone and has written for numerous publication about his expeditions. In recognition of his climbing, as part of the 2002 Olympic Games, he carried the Olympic torch from the steps of the US Capitol.