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engineering , Mathematics educator

John Joseph Dorning, American nuclear engineering, applied physics and applied mathematics educator. Recipient Ernest O. Lawrence award United States Department Energy, 1990, National Academy of Engineering, 2007.


Dorning, John Joseph was born on April 17, 1938 in Bronx, New York, United States. Son of John Joseph and Sarrah Cathrine (McCormack) Dorning.


Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering, United States Merchant Marine Academy, 1959. Master of Science in Nuclear science and Engineering, Columbia University, New York City, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy in Nuclear science and Engineering, Columbia University, New York City, 1967.


Marine engineer, United States Merchant Marine, 1960-1962;assistant physicist, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York, 1967-1969;associate physicist, group leader, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York, 1969-1970;associate professor nuclear engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1970-1975;professor, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1975-1984;Whitney Stone professor nuclear engineering, engineering physics and applied mathematics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, since 1984. National Research Council visiting professor mathematics physics U. Bologna, Italy, 1975-1976, 81, 85, 87. International professor nuclear engineering Italian Ministry of Education, 1983, 84, 86.

Physicist plasma theory group, division magnetic fusion energy Lawrence Livermore (California) National Laboratory, 1977-1978. Consultant to the United States national laboratories and industrial research laboratories, since 1970.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to various publications.


Served as ensign United States Navy, 1959-1960. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Physical Society, American Nuclear Society (Mark Mills award 1967, Arthur Holly Compton award 1998, Eugene P. Wigner award 1999, Glenn T. Seaborg medal 2002). Member American Society Engineering Education, (Glenn Murphy award 1988), Society Industrial and Applied Mathematics, New York Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Sigma Xi.


Married Helen Marie Driscoll, July 27, 1963. Children: Michael, James, Denise.

John Joseph Dorning

Sarrah Cathrine (McCormack) Dorning

Helen Marie Driscoll

Michael Dorning

James Dorning

Denise Dorning