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John F. Waymouth

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Dates

May 24, 1926 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Waymouth, John F., 1926-

Biography

Abstract

John Waymouth is an independent consultant (1988-present). Previously he was affiliated with General Telephone and Electronics Corporation and Sylvania Electric Products. His research interests include electric discharges in gases, and light source applications thereof.

Important Dates

May 24, 1926Birth, Dominican Republic.

1947Obtained BS, University of the South, Sewanee (Tenn.).

1950Obtained PhD in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge (Mass.).

1950 – 1959Senior Engineer (1950-1958) and Section Head (1958-1959), Sylvania Electric Products, Inc, Danvers (Mass.).

1958 – 1965Consultant, Magnet Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

1959 – 1988Section Head (1959-1965); Manager, Physics Laboratory (1965-1969); and Director of Research and Development (1969-1988), Sylvania Lighting Products Group, General Telephone and Electronics Corporation, Stamford (Conn.).

1972 – 1975Member, Evaluation Panel, Heat Division, National Bureau of Standards.

1977 – 1979Member, Technical Electronic Product Radiation Safety Standards Committee, United States Food and Drug Administration.

1981 – 1983Member, Advisory Committee for Physics, National Science Foundation.

1988 – presentIndependent Consultant.

2000Member, National Academy of Sciences.

Occupation

Plasma physicist.

Places

Birth

Dominican Republic

Undergraduate Education

Sewanee (Tenn.)

Graduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Employment

Danvers (Mass.)

Stamford (Conn.)

Subjects

Plasma (Ionized gases).

Plasma physics.

Relationships

People

Additional

Bederson, Benjamin

Biondi, Manfred Anthony, 1924-

Holstein, Theodore David, 1915-1985

Hull, Albert Wallace, 1880-1966

Loeb, Leonard B. (Leonard Benedict), 1891-

Slepian, Joseph, 1891-

Institutions

Major Positions

General Telephone & Electronics Corporation

Section Head, Sylvania Lighting Products Group; Manager, Physics Laboratory, Sylvania Lighting Products Group; and Director of Research and Development, Sylvania Lighting Products Group.

Sylvania Electric Products, Inc.

Senior Engineer and Section Head.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory

Consultant.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD (1950).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

National Science Foundation (U.S.)

Member, Advisory Committee for Physics.

United States. Food and Drug Administration.

Member, Technical Electronic Product Radiation Safety Standards Committee.

United States. National Bureau of Standards

Member, Evaluation Panel, Heat Division.

University of the South

Obtained BS (1947).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Oral history interview with John F. Waymouth, 2008 October 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA