February 25, 2024

Michael Elleman, a ‘top expert’ on North Korean weapons, dies at 62

Friends and colleagues remember Elleman as a “great teacher” who once inspected missiles for the U.N.

Michael S. Elleman, a world-renowned missile expert who spent much of his life trying to stop advances to North Korea’s nuclear program, died of cancer at George Washington University Hospital on Saturday, Feb. 20. He was 62 years old.

A former scientist-turned-U.N.-missile-inspector and analyst, Elleman was known for his gift of explaining North Korea’s complex missile systems to politicians, journalists and countless students and mentees in an approachable way.