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Edward Chester Creutz

physicist , museum director

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.


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.

Lester Raymond Creutz

Grace (Smith) Creutz

Lela Rollefson

Elisabeth B. Cordle

Michael John Creutz

Carl Eugene Creutz

Ann Jo Carmel Creutz Cosgrove Creutz