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I appeal to my fellow scientists to remember their responsibility to humanity… We need to convey the message that safeguarding our common property, humankind, will require developing in each of us a new loyalty: a loyalty to mankind. It calls for the nurturing of a feeling of belonging to the human race. We have to become world citizens.

Joseph Rotblat, ‘Remember Your Humanity’, acceptance speech and Nobel Lecture (1995)

These glasses, held today in the collections of The Peace Museum, symbolise a humanist perspective on matters of conflict and peace. They belonged to Polish-born physicist and Humanists UK Patron Joseph Rotblat, who was a leading example of the many humanists who have tirelessly highlighted the social responsibility of science and scientists. A winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995, Rotblat devoted much of his life to the cause of peace and international cooperation, acutely aware – through his own involvement in nuclear research – of the dangers of atomic weaponry. In 1955, Rotblat was a signatory of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto, which called on world leaders to ‘remember your humanity, and forget the rest’, chairing the meeting at which it was presented. Other signatories included fellow humanists Bertrand Russell, Albert Einstein, and Frederic Joliot-Curie. Two years later, Russell and Rotblat founded the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, an international organisation seeking to reduce the likelihood of global conflict through dialogue and cooperation. Rotblat acted as Secretary-General for over 15 years, and was chair of the British Pugwash group for a decade. Rotblat concluded his Nobel acceptance speech with a humanist entreaty for peace, founded in compassion:

The quest for a war-free world has a basic purpose: survival. But if in the process we learn how to achieve it by love rather than by fear, by kindness rather than by compulsion; if in the process we learn to combine the essential with the enjoyable, the expedient with the benevolent, the practical with the beautiful, this will be an extra incentive to embark on this great task. Above all, remember your humanity.

Joseph Rotblat, ‘Remember Your Humanity’, acceptance speech and Nobel Lecture (1995)
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