John W. Ward, Ph.D.

John Ward

Title: Physical Chemist
Company: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Location: Tijeras, New Mexico, United States

John W. Ward, Ph.D., Physical Chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physical chemistry.

With more than 60 years of professional experience, Dr. Ward is an esteemed and accomplished scientist who has been affiliated with Los Alamos National Laboratory since 1956, when he first served the facility as a staff member. Becoming a laboratory fellow in 1983, he subsequently climbed the ranks of success within the laboratory and was elected a section leader in 1987, a role he still serves to the present day. Alongside his primary appointments, he was a guest scientist at the European Institute for Transuranium Elements in the Federal Republic of Germany for several years between 1972 and 1985.

Dr. Ward is most renowned for becoming a high temperature chemist in the 1970s and being able to read the physical chemical properties of all of the trans-plutonium atoms up through Einsteinium. Throughout his career, he has contributed myriad articles to professional journals and was the lead author of a chapter in The Plutonium Handbook. Likewise, he was the co-author of volumes III and IV of the “Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of the Actinides,” published in 1985.

In an effort to remain aware of changes within the industry, Dr. Ward maintains affiliation with several organizations, including the American Chemical Society, the American Vacuum Society and the Catgut Acoustical Society. In recognition of his exceptional achievements, he was awarded the U.S. Preistraeger by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1972. In addition, he has been highlighted in the 49th edition of Who’s Who in America and the 23rd and 24th editions of Who’s Who in the West.

Dr. Ward holds a Bachelor of Arts from Augustana College and a Master of Science from Washington University. Upon making great advances in his field, the Los Alamos National Laboratory sent him back to university on a full salary to obtain his doctorate, which he received from the University of New Mexico in 1966. When he isn’t busy conducting research at the laboratory, he spends his spare time playing the viola, choral directing, gardening and tinkering with model railroads. He is the proud father of four children and nine grandchildren.

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