Former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn will be honored by Georgia Tech for his work on national security and defense.
Nunn, who retired from the Senate in 1996, is chief executive officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative. He will be honored March 15 during a luncheon at the Atlanta university with the inaugural Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage.
The prize carries a $100,000 award funded by private donations. It is named after Allen, a former Atlanta mayor who fought for rights for black residents in the 1960s.
Nunn served 24 years in the Senate starting in 1972. He created the Nuclear Threat Initiative in 2003 with media mogul Ted Turner to focus on reducing global threats from weapons of mass destruction.