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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, California, 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.

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.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: writing, running.

Connections

Married Jane E. Papurt, June 11, 1961. Children: Jill L., Jodi L.