Emeritus Professor of Stanford University / Former United States Secretary of Defense
William J. Perry’s career has spanned academia, industry, entrepreneurship, government, and diplomacy. Perry served as the 19th Secretary of Defense for the United States from February 1994 to January 1997. In 2007, Perry, George Shultz, Sam Nunn, and Henry Kissinger together formed the Nuclear Security Project, articulating practical steps to reduce nuclear dangers. Perry founded the William J. Perry Project in 2013, to engage and educate the public on the dangers of nuclear weapons. In 2015 he published My Journey at the Nuclear Brink, a personal account of his lifelong effort to reduce nuclear danger. He has produced two online courses in collaboration with Stanford University on current nuclear dangers.
Perry is currently the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus) at Stanford University. He received a B.S. and M.S from Stanford, and a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State, all in mathematics. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1997) and the Knight Commander of the British Empire (1998). Perry has received numerous other awards, and decorations from the governments of Albania, Bahrain, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, South Korea, Poland, Slovenia, and Ukraine.
Perry is the father of five, grandfather of eight, and a great-grandfather of three. He continues to travel the world in pursuit of his goal to eliminate the danger of nuclear weapons.