LLRA January Luncheon
Tuesday, January 14 2020 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
2882 Kitty Hawk Rd
Livermore, CA 94551,
Cost $25/ person
Dr. Hugh Gregg
Working at the OPCW and living in the Netherlands
Come to the November luncheon to hear our speaker, Hugh Gregg, give a “behind the scenes” view of the OPCW and its activities with a focus on the issues related to the Syrian Arab Republic.
Hugh Gregg is a chemist who worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1985 until he retired in 2018. In 2001, he helped LLNL’s Forensic Science Center become a partner laboratory of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). From 2010 to 2017, Hugh was the Head of the OPCW Laboratory, living in the Netherlands where the OPCW is headquartered.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) quietly and efficiently managed the Chemical Weapons Convention from the time the treaty entered into force in April 1997. In early 2013, the OPCW and the United Nations responded to reports of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic. The OPCW was awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to rid the world of chemical weapons. In this presentation, Hugh will give a “behind the scenes” view of the OPCW and its activities with a focus on the issues related to the Syrian Arab Republic.
Hugh Gregg obtained his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 1985 at Michigan State University. He worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, first as an organic analytical chemist in the oil shale program followed by becoming a group leader in both organic and inorganic analysis. Hugh later took on a variety of management roles which included managing the chemistry operations at LLNL’s explosives test site and becoming a deputy division leader managing the experimental work of a division of over 150 scientists. In 2000, he co-led the effort to establish LLNL as an OPCW Designated Laboratory. In 2010, after 25 years at LLNL, Hugh left California for the Netherlands, where he was the Head of the OPCW Laboratory for 7 years. Hugh retired in 2018.