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Dr. Robert Mikulak ‘64 Received the Hague Award


Hamline alumnus Dr. Robert Mikulak ‘64 was one of three recipients of the Hague Award from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The Hague Award recognizes individuals and organizations who have greatly contributed towards stopping the proliferation of chemical weapons.  

Dr. Mikulak ‘64 worked for many years toward the eradication of chemical warfare. He served as the United States' permanent representative to the OPCW. It was during Mikulak's tenure as representative in 2013 that the organization received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr. Mikulak and his colleague Mr. Cheng Tang of the People’s Republic of China have jointly received the Hague Award with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

Dr. Mikulak has had a long relationship with Hamline University. In addition to graduating from Hamline and receiving an honorary doctorate in 2001, Dr. Mikulak once taught organic chemistry and public policy when Professor Ole Rundquist went on sabbatical. Dr. Mikulak also delivered a Mitsch Lecture in 2013 and played a key role in the development of the HIPAL program, a Hamline initiative designed to provide students with professional development, research, and service opportunities. 

The OPCW award ceremony was on Monday, November 25 in The Hague, Netherlands during the first day of the Twenty-Fourth Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Learn more about the HIPAL Program.

Written by staff