George Bunn, a leading figure in the field of arms control who helped draft and negotiate the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968, limiting the spread of nuclear weapons worldwide, died April 21 at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 87.
He had spinal cancer, said his son Matthew Bunn.
In 1945, while serving in the Navy, Mr. Bunn was on a ship bound for Japan when atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought an end to World War II.
“He was convinced that the atomic bomb saved his life,” Matthew Bunn, an arms control specialist at Harvard University, said Thursday. “Yet he devoted most of the rest of his life to the effort to bring the fearsome power of nuclear weapons under international control.”
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