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Martin J. Sherwin is University Professor of History at George Mason University. His most recent book, "American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer" (with Kai Bird) won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for biography, the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography and the English Speaking Union Book Award. It was a Washington Post and Boston Globe Best Seller. Time Magazine selected it as one of the 6 best non-fiction books of 2005 and the New York Times listed it as one of the 50 best non-fiction books of the year.
He is currently writing a book on the Cuban Missile Crisis, "Gambling With Armageddon." He was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Society of American Historians.The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education awarded him its “Professor of the Year, Silver Medal Award.”
Professor Sherwin has received fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Science, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sloan Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. He was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, at Harvard's Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History and at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Sherwin has been an advisor for many documentary films on the history of the nuclear age. He was the co-executive producer and NEH Project Director of the PBS documentary film, “Citizen Kurchatov: Stalin’s Bomb Maker,” (1998) a biography of Igor Kurchatov.