Joseph L. Birman is "distinguished professor of Physics at City College of The City University of New York." "He has worked tirelessly on implementing joint research programs with Chinese scientists and in maintaining contacts with Chinese political dissidents. He also played a crucial role in helping immigrant scientists from Eastern Europe and other areas to restart their careers in the U.S." 
"Birman is a member of the Board of the Committee of Concerned Scientists, Honorary Governor of Human Rights in China, past chair of the Committee on Human Rights of Scientists of the New York Academy of Sciences, and past chair of The Committee on International Freedom of Scientists of the American Physical Society." 
Winner of the Heinz R. Pagels Human Rights of Scientists Award.
- "Biography", 365 Fifth, Accessed December 2006.
Resources and articles
- Advancing Human Rights People, organizational web page, accessed June 16, 2012.