Company: University of California, San Diego
Location: La Jolla, California, United States
John Asmus, Physicist at the University of California, San Diego, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of physics.
In 1954, Dr. Asmus started with the physical science aid at the United States Naval Ordinance Laboratory, and he earned a degree in 1960. He earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1958, and continued his education, earning a Master of Science in electrical engineering in 1959. In 1965, he earned a PhD in quantum physics, electrical engineering, and physics from Caltech.
Dr. Asmus started as the head of the optical systems department at Aero Geo Astro Corp. in 1960, where he remained until 1964. He then became the head of the laser department at Gulf General Atomic, where he worked until 1969 when he became a member of the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses. In 1971, Dr. Asmus started as vice president of Sci. Applications Inc., and in 1973, he transitioned to a position as a research physicist and co-founder of the Art and Science Center at the University of California, San Diego, where he works to this day.
In addition to his work with the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Asmus has worked as a consultant in his field. He has served as the co-director of the JASON National Program for Laser Study for the Office of the President of the United States. He holds patents for the metallic vapor laser, the embedded pinch laser, the plasma pinch annealing system, and far chemical decontamination with ultraviolet. Dr. Asmus is most proud of his work on the computer image enhancement of the Mona Lisa, and he has conducted research in laser, ultrasonic and computer image enhancement techniques for art conservation.
Dr. Asmus has been a member of a variety of professional organizations, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, the American Institute of Conservation, and the Bay Area Art Conservation Guild, among others. He has been recognized with myriad awards, including winning the IBM Supercomputing Competition for Image Enhancement of the Mona Lisa in 1989 and receiving a Best Scholarly Article Award in 1988. As a testament to his success, experience, and stature as a physicist, Dr. Asmus has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in America.
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