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Robert Vartan Meghreblian

Robert Vartan Meghreblian, Egyptian manufacturing executive, physicist.


  • Meghreblian, Robert Vartan was born on September 6, 1922 in Cairo. Arrived in the United States, 1923, naturalized, 1929. Son of Vahan V. and Mary (Kurkjian) Meghreblian.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Engineering (Gotshall-Powell scholar), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1943. Master of Science (Guggenheim fellow), California Institute of Technology, 1950. Doctor of Philosophy magna cum laude (Guggenheim fellow), California Institute of Technology, 1953.


    • Lecturer Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1952-1955, associate project manager, 1955-1958. Chief section Physics Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 1958-1960, manager space science division, 1960-1968, deputy assistant laboratory director, 1968-1971, associate professor applied mechanics, 1960-1961. Vice president research and engineering Cabot Corporation, Boston, 1971-1979, vice president, 1971-1987.

      President Distrigas Corporation, 1979-1985. General manager Cabot Crystals Business Unit, 1985-1986, director corporation planning and development, 1986-1987. Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Navy, 1941-1946, PTO, ATO.


    • Author: Reactor Analysis, 1960.


    Vice chair Montecito Planning Commission, California, 2003, chair, 2004—2006. Fellow: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (associate), American Nuclear Society. Member: Montecito Association (board director 1992-1998, chair architectural review committee 1993-1995, vice president 1994, president 1995-1996, elected honorary director 2007, Montecito Citizen of Year 2002), Art Foundation Santa Barbara (vice president), Santa Barbara Club (president 2009-2010), Tennis Club Santa Barbara, Sigma Xi.


    • Married Mary J. Walton, 1955 (divorced 1977). Children: David V., Susan M. Married Margaret M. Gordon, 1987.
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    Born September 6, 1922
    • 1943
      Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    • 1950
      California Institute of Technology
    • 1953
      California Institute of Technology
    • 1971 - 1979
      vice president, research and engineering Cabot Corporation
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1979 - 1985
      president, Distrigas Corporation
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