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Edward Chester Creutz

Edward Chester Creutz, physicist, museum director.


  • Creutz, Edward Chester was born on January 23, 1913 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Lester Raymond and Grace (Smith) Creutz.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Wisconsin, 1936. Doctor of Philosophy, University Wisconsin, 1939.


    • From research associate to instructor physics Princeton University, 1939-1941. Physicist National Defense Research Committee, 1941-1942. Physicist metallurgical laboratory University Chicago, 1942-1944.

      Physicist Manhattan Project, Los Alamos, 1944-1946. Associate professor Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, 1946—1948, professor, head department physics, director Nuclear Research Center, 1948—1955. Director John Jay Hopkins Laboratory for Pure and Applied Science, 1955-1959.

      Director research General Atomic Division General dynamics corporation, San Diego, 1955-1959, vice president Research and development, 1959-1967, Gulf General Atomic, San Diego, 1967-1970. Assistant director National Science Foundation, Washington, 1970-1977, acting deputy director, 1976-1977. Director Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu, 1977-1984, consultant, from 1984.

      Member sea water conversion committee Water resources Center, University California-Berkeley, 1958-1968. Advisory committee office Science Personnel National Research Council, 1960-1963. Member executive council Argonne National Laboratory (1946-1951).

      Consultant National Science Foundation, 1950-1968. Scientist-at-large Project Sherwood division research Atomic Energy Commission, 1955-1956. Member committee senior reviewers Department Energy, 1972-1979, fusion power coordinating committee, 1971-1979.

      Consultant Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1946-1958. Advisory panel general science Department Defense, 1959-1963. Research advisory committee electrophysics National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1964-1971, technical advisory committee, 1971-1977.

      Adjunct professor physics and astronomy University Hawaii, 1977-1987. Adjunct professor physics University California, San Diego, 1987-1990.


    • Co-editor: Handbuch der Physik, vols. 14, 15. Member editorial board Annual Review Nuclear science, 1961-1966, 72-75, Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 1961-1971.

      Member editorial board: Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, London, 1976–1999. Editorial advisory committee annual reviews: Nuclear science and Engineering, 1959-1972.


    Board directors San Diego Hall Science and Planetarium, vice president, 1956-1970. Vice president San Diego Industry-Education Council, 1956-1965. Member advisory council Department Education San Diego County.

    Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Physical Society (National Research Council representative 1956-1957), American Nuclear Society. Member National Academy of Sciences, American Association Physics Teachers, Physical Society Pittsburgh (president 1949), American Institute Physics (director-at-large board governors 1965-1968).


    • Married Lela Rollefson, September 13, 1937 (deceased February 1972). Children: Michael John, Carl Eugene, Ann Jo Carmel Creutz Cosgrove. Married Elisabeth B. Cordle, October 5, 1974.
    • father: Lester Raymond Creutz
    • mother: Grace (Smith) Creutz
    • spouses: Lela Rollefson
    • Elisabeth B. Cordle
    • children: Michael John Creutz
    • Carl Eugene Creutz
    • Ann Jo Carmel Creutz Cosgrove Creutz
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    Born January 23, 1913
    Died June 27, 2009
    (aged 96)
    • 1936
      University Wisconsin
    • 1939
      University Wisconsin
    • 1939 - 1941
      From research associate, to instructor physics Princeton University
    • 1941 - 1942
      physicist, National Defense Research Committee
    • 1942 - 1944
      physicist, metallurgical laboratory University Chicago
    • 1944 - 1946
      physicist, Manhattan Project
      Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
    • 1946 - 1948
      associate, professor Carnegie Institute of Technology
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1955 - 1959
      director, research General Atomic Division General Dynamics Corporation
      San Diego, California, United States
    • 1955 - 1959
      director, John Jay Hopkins Laboratory for Pure and Applied Science
    • 1967 - 1970
      director, research General Atomic Division General Dynamics Corporation
      San Diego, California, United States
    • 1970 - 1977
      assistant, director National Science Foundation
      Washington, United States
    • 1977 - 1984
      director, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum
      Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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