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J. M. Dawson

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Dates

September 30, 1930 – November 17, 2001

Authorized Form of Name

Dawson, J. M. (John Myrick), 1930-

Additional Forms of Names

Dawson, J. M. (John Myrick), 1930-2001

Biography

Abstract

John Dawson was a Professor of Physics at University of California, Los Angeles (1973–2001). His other major institutional affiliation was Princeton University. His research interests included many branches of plasma physics.

Important Dates

September 30, 1930Birth, Champaign (Ill.).

1952Obtained BS, University of Maryland, College Park (Md.).

1954Obtained MS, University of Maryland, College Park (Md.).

1956 – 1973Research Physicist, Project Matterhorn (1956-1962); Research Physicist, Plasma Physics Laboratory (1962-1964); Lecturer in Physics (1960-1973); Associate Head, Theoretical Group, Plasma Physics Laboratory (1964-1966); and Head, Theoretical Group, Plasma Physics Laboratory (1966-1973), Princeton University, Princeton (N.J.).

1957Obtained PhD in Physics, University of Maryland, College Park (Md.).

1962 – 1963Consultant, Radio Corporation of America.

1964 – 1965Fulbright Fellow, Institute of Plasma Physics, University of Nagoya.

1969 – 1971Scientific Advisor to the Director, Naval Research Laboratory (U.S.).

1969 – 1971Consultant, TRW Inc. Systems and Energy.

1970 – 1971Chair, Plasma Physics Division, American Physical Society.

1973 – 2001Professor of Physics (1973-2001) and Director, Center for Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy (1976-1996), University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles (Calif.).

1977Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1977Awarded James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics, American Physical Society.

1994Awarded Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics, American Physical Society.

November 17, 2001Death, Los Angeles (Calif.).

Occupation

Plasma physicist.

Places

Birth

Champaign (Ill.)

Undergraduate Education

College Park (Md.)

Graduate Education

College Park (Md.)

Employment

Princeton (N.J.)

Los Angeles (Calif.)

Death

Los Angeles (Calif.)

Subjects

Isotope separation.

Plasma accelerators.

Plasma physics.

Relationships

People

Colleagues

Bernstein, Ira B.

Both employed at Princeton University, Plasma Physics Laboratory.

Chaikin, Paul M.

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Chen, Francis F., 1929-

Both employed at Princeton University, Plasma Physics Laboratory and University of California, Los Angeles.

Coppi, B.

Both employed at Princeton University, Plasma Physics Laboratory.

Drake, James (James F.)

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Frieman, E. A.

Both employed at Princeton University, Plasma Physics Laboratory.

Furth, H. P.

Both employed at Princeton University, Plasma Physics Laboratory.

Goldberger, Marvin L.

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Greene, J. M. (John M.), 1928-

Both employed at Princeton University, Plasma Physics Laboratory.

Holstein, Theodore David, 1915-1985

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Kennel, Charles F., 1939-

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Kivelson, Steven

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Kruer, William L.

Both employed at Princeton University, Plasma Physics Laboratory.

Kruskal, Martin D. (Martin David), 1925-2006

Both employed at Princeton University, Plasma Physics Laboratory.

Kulsrud, R. M.

Both employed at Princeton University, Plasma Physics Laboratory.

Patel, C. Kumar N.

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Porkolab, Miklos

Both employed at Princeton University, Plasma Physics Laboratory.

Rudnick, Isadore, 1917-

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Schwinger, Julian, 1918-1994

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Stix, Thomas Howard

Both employed at Princeton University, Plasma Physics Laboratory.

Wheatley, John Charles

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Institutions

Major Positions

Naval Research Laboratory (U.S.)

Scientific Advisor to the Director.

Princeton University. Department of Physics

Lecturer in Physics.

Princeton University. Plasma Physics Laboratory

Research Physicist, Project Matterhorn; Research Physicist; Associate Head and Head, Theoretical Group.

Radio Corporation of America

Consultant.

TRW Inc. Systems and Energy

Consultant

University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Physics

Professor of Physics, Director, Center for Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Received 1994 Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics and 1977 James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics, and Chair, Plasma Physics Division.

Nagoya Daigaku

Lecturer in Physics.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

University of Maryland at College Park. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Received B.S, M.S., and Ph.D. in 1957 (Physics).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

John M. Dawson papers, circa 1956-1995.

University Research Library. Department of Special Collections

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA 90024-1575, USA

Published Resources

Subject

John Myrick Dawson Physics Today obituary.