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John S. Foster

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Dates

September 18, 1922 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Foster, John S., 1922-

Additional Forms of Names

Foster, John S., Jr.

Foster, John Stuart, Jr.

Biography

Abstract

John S. Foster Jr. was Consultant and Vice-President at TRW, Inc. (1973-1994). Other institutional affiliations include the United States Department of Defense and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His research interests include nuclear physics and nuclear weapons.

Important Dates

September 18, 1922Birth, New Haven (Conn.).

1948Obtained BS, McGill University, Montréal (Québec).

1952Obtained PhD in Physics, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley (Calif.).

1952 – 1965Division Leader, Experimental Physics (1952-1958); Associate Director (1958-1961); and Director (1961-1965), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore (Calif.).

1965Member, Ballistic Missile Defense Advisory Committee, Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), United States Department of Defense.

1965 – 1973Director of Defense Research and Engineering, United States Department of Defense, Washington (D.C.).

1973 – 1990Member, President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

1973 – 1994Vice President, Energy Research and Development, Energy Systems Group (1973-1979); Vice President, Science and Technology, Energy Systems Group (1979-1988); and Consultant, Energy Systems Group (1988-1994), TRW, Inc, Euclid (Ohio).

1990 – 1993Chair, Defense Science Board, United States Department of Defense.

1992Awarded Enrico Fermi Award, United States Department of Energy.

Occupation

Nuclear physicist.

Places

Birth

New Haven (Conn.)

Undergraduate Education

Montréal (Québec)

Graduate Education

Berkeley (Calif.)

Employment

Livermore (Calif.)

Washington (D.C.)

Euclid (Ohio)

Subjects

Nuclear physics.

Nuclear weapons.

Relationships

People

Family

Foster, John Stuart,

Father.

Colleagues

Alder, B. J.

Both employed at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory.

Anderson, John D., 1930-

Both employed at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory.

Batzel, Roger Elwood

Both employed at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory.

Brown, Harold, 1927-

Both employed at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory.

DeWitt, Bryce S. (Bryce Seligman), 1923-2004

Both employed at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory.

Furth, H. P.

Both employed at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory.

May, Michael M., 1925-

Both employed at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory.

Nuckolls, John Hopkin

Both employed at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory.

Post, Richard F.

Both employed at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory.

Teller, Edward, 1908-2003

Both employed at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory.

York, Herbert F. (Herbert Frank)

Both employed at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory.

Additional

Goldberger, Marvin L.

Townes, Charles H.

Institutions

Major Positions

Lawrence Radiation Laboratory

Division Leader, Experimental Physics; Associate Director; and Director (Livermore campus).

TRW Inc. Systems and Energy

Vice President, Energy Research and Development; Vice President, Science and Technology; and Consultant.

United States. Defense Research and Engineering

Director.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

McGill University. Physics Department

Obtained BS (1948).

United States. Advanced Research Projects Agency

Member, Ballistic Missile Defense Advisory Committee.

United States. Defense Science Board

Chair.

United States. Department of Energy

Received 1992 Enrico Fermi Award.

United States. President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board

Member.

University of California, Berkeley. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD in Physics (1952).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Oral history interview with John S. Foster, Jr., 1968 December 3, 15, and 1969 January 7.

Center for American History. University Archives

University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX 78713, USA

Oral history interview with John S. Foster, Jr., 1991 August 7.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

Oral history interview with Jack P. Ruina, 1991 August 8.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Physicists advising on national security [sound recording], 2012 April 1.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

Let robots do the dying / by Simon Ramo ; with an introduction by John S. Foster.