Ralph Wayne Moir

Title: Physicist
Location: Livermore, California, United States

Ralph Wayne Moir, Physicist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in plasma physics, nuclear science and engineering.

Dr. Moir’s interest in science began at an early age, whereupon he realized he enjoyed the practical nature of science such as building things with his hands. Furthermore, he was influenced by his relative, Harold Hershey Hall, a Guthrie-award winning physicist known for his work in low temperature physics. Dr. Moir pursued the field academically first at the University of California Berkeley, earning a Bachelor of Science in 1962. He continued his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving a ScD in 1967. One of the highlights of his career was working with Edward Teller as a senior in college. Teller is known as the father of the hydrogen bomb and an expert in nuclear explosives.

In Dr. Moir’s own career, his achievements include developing and commercializing molten salt fission power. Early in his career, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher for the Center of Nuclear Studies at the Atomic Energy Commission in France. He became the head of the fusion breeder program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and remained in this role from 1979 to 1988. He worked with the laboratory throughout his career as a group leader in magnetic and inertial fusion energy, providing his skills and expertise in this capacity from 1968 until his retirement in 2009. In his career, Dr. Moir maintained professional affiliation with the World Future Society, the Americans for Energy Independence, the Americans for Nuclear Energy and Scientists and Engineer for Secure Energy. He was also an appointed fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Nuclear Society.

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