Thomas J. Bowles, PhD

Thomas J. Bowles

Title: Fellow
Company: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Location: Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States

Thomas J. Bowles, PhD, Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of physics.

Dr. Bowles became interested in science and technology at an early age. This interest stuck with him throughout his entire life, and it eventually became the driving factor behind many of his professional pursuits and eventual success in the field. Dr. Bowles graduated from the University of Colorado in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in both physics and mathematics.  He went on to attend graduate school at Princeton University. During his time there, he connected with Professor Gerry Garvey as his thesis advisor, who became a tremendous mentor to him. When Professor Garvey left Princeton for a new position at Argonne National Laboratory, Dr. Bowles followed him there and acted as a postdoctoral fellow. When he graduated in 1978, it was with a PhD in physics and a newfound passion for fundamental nuclear and particle physics. Thanks to his time spent at Argonne National Laboratory, Dr. Bowles had connections to the physics division director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and was offered a staff position to start a program in fundamental physics, which he immediately accepted.

Dr. Bowles has been employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory since 1979, though he has additionally held many other coexisting prominent positions. Some of his notable roles outside of Los Alamos National Laboratory include working as science advisor to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson from 2006 to 2010, and more recently, acting as chief executive officer and board chair of the New Mexico Computing Applications Center since 2007. He also actively contributes to articles for numerous professional science journals. Inside Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dr. Bowles experienced many promotions. Since starting as a staff member, he has held titles such as nuclear physics program manager, chief science officer, and chief scientist. With the laboratory, he, along with fellow scientist Hamish Robertson, carried out a 10-year experiment on tritium beta decay in Russia. The result established the two of them, as well as Los Alamos National Laboratory, in the international scientific community.

Dr. Bowles has a multitude of awards as a result of his professional success. Most recently, he was named the New Mexico Nonprofit Titan of Information Technology in 2012. Furthermore, he has been a recipient of the Markov Prize from the Institute for Nuclear Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Lushkov Medal, which he received during his time in Russia. Dr. Bowles is currently acting as the vice-chair for the Mexico Foundation for Science, as well as the United States chair for the United States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council, among being active in many other professional organizations. He has additionally been featured in the 24th edition of Who’s Who in the West.

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