Title: Physicist, Researcher
Company: Old Dominion University
Location: Newport News, Virginia, United States
John William Wilson, PhD, physicist and researcher for Old Dominion University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists or dedication, achievements, and leadership in the aerospace industry.
An award-winning physicist with 56 years of experience, Dr. Wilson is highly regarded for his development of high-energy, high-charge ions transport, known in the industry today as HZE Tran, a technology that is now used by NASA. Dr. Wilson entered his profession in 1963 because of his fascination with physics and the theoretical work that comes along with it, which he describes to be “elegant.” In his career, he has held prominent roles, including research professor, adjunct professor, and adjunct associate professor of physics for Old Dominion University. He has also served as a senior scientist for the Langley Research Center of NASA, a member of the monograph committee for the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an external advisor for the Cancer Institute at Loma Linda University, a faculty member for the Advanced Study Institute at NATO, and a member of the National Economic Council Task Group, which was responsible for operational radiation safety programming for astronauts. Dr. Wilson founded and headed up the Radiation Physics Group for 39 years, where he showcased his breadth of knowledge and a wide range of top skills in psychics and research.
Dr. Wilson’s education has laid the groundwork for his illustrious career. He earned an Associate of Arts from Ark City Junior College (now Cowley County Community College) in the early 1960s. From there, he earned a Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University in 1962, followed by a Master of Science and a PhD from the College of William & Mary in 1969 and 1975, respectively. In recognition of his professional excellence, Dr. Wilson has been the recipient of a Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award. He also earned a number of distinctions from the Langley Research Center. Notably, he earned the Langley Henry J. E. Reid Award for Outstanding Paper, a NASA Distinguished Service Medal for leadership and contributions to the development and dissemination of ionizing-radiation transport theory, a Nomination for Software of the Year Award, a Return to Flight Award, a Langley Henry J. E. Reid Award for Outstanding Paper, a NASA Certificate of Special Recognition for participation in inventions and contributions with the technology LAR-17327-1, a Space Flight Awareness Team Award for development of the International Space Station Radiation Shielding System (which enhances crew safety by providing innovative radiation shielding that protects the ISS astronauts from the sun’s radiation and solar storms), a Turning Goals into Reality Trophy for outstanding contributions to radiation shielding design methods and exceptional progress towards engineering innovation, and a Space Flight Awareness Award for his redesign of astronaut ISS sleep areas from Johnson Space Center, among countless others. As he looks to the future, Dr. Wilson plans to continue in his extraordinary work in the aerospace industry, while taking on new opportunities that arise.
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