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Gerold Yonas

Gerold Yonas, American research and development director. Recipient medal for outstanding public service Secretary of Defense, 1986. Fellow American Physical Society; associate fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; member Fusion Power Association (Leadership award), Shaker Heights High School Alumni (Hall of Fame), Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi.

Background

  • Yonas, Gerold was born on December 8, 1939 in Cleveland. Son of Bernard and Blanch (Simon) Yonas.

  • Education

    • Bachelor Engineering Physics, Cornell University, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Science and Physics, California Institute of Technology, 1966.

    Career

    • Senior scientist Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, 1962-1967. Manager beam research Physics International, San Leandro, 1967-1972. Manager pulsed power science Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, 1972-1984.

      Chief scientist, deputy director Strategic Defense Initiative Official, Office Secretary Defense, Washington, 1984-1986. President Titan Technologies, La Jolla, California, 1986-1989. Vice president systems applications Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, since 1989.

      Advisor White House, Pentagon, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    Works

    • Member editorial boards Energy, Fusion, Environment, Research: contributor articles to professional journals.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Membership

    Fellow American Physical Society. Associate fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Member Fusion Power Association (Leadership award), Shaker Heights High School Alumni (Hall of Fame), Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi.

    Personality

    Interests

    Writing, running.

    Connections

    • Married Jane E. Papurt, June 11, 1961. Children: Jill L., Jodi L.
    • father: Bernard Yonas
    • mother: Blanch (Simon) Yonas
    • spouse: Jane E. Papurt
    • children: Jill L. Yonas
    • Jodi L. Yonas
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    Born December 8, 1939
    Nationality

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