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Theos Jardin Thompson

Theos Jardin Thompson, American scientist, nuclear engineer. Recipient E.O. Lawrence Memorial award, Atomic Energy Commission, 1964; Guggenheim Foundation fellow, 1963-1964.


  • Thompson, Theos Jardin was born on August 30, 1918 in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States. Son of Theos Jefferson and Mabel E. (Dow) Thompson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Univercity Nebraska, 1941, Master of Arts, 1942, Doctor of Science (honorary), 1964. Doctor of Philosophy. in Nuclear Physics, University of California at Berkeley, 1952.


    • Physicist University of California Radiation Laboratory, 1948-1952, lecturer physics, Berkeley, 1949-1952. Staff Los Alamos Science Laboratory, 1952-1955, reactor design and construction. Associate professor nuclear engineering Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1955-1958, professor, since 1958, director nuclear reactor for design, construction and operation.



    Member Atomic Energy Commission advising committee reactor safeguards, 1959-1966, chairman, 1960. Served from Second lieutenant to major, C.W.S., Army of the United States, 1942-1946. Fellow American Nuclear Society (director).

    Member American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Physical Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi.


    • Married Dorothy Sibley, February 14, 1947. Children: Jeff, Edward, Robert, Elizabeth.
    • father: Theos Jefferson Thompson
    • mother: Mabel E. (Dow) Thompson
    • spouse: Dorothy Sibley
    • children: Jeff Thompson
    • Edward Thompson
    • Robert Thompson
    • Elizabeth Thompson
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    Born August 30, 1918
    Died November 25, 1970
    (aged 52)