Charles Douglas Orth, PhD

Title: Physicist
Company: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Location: Livermore, California, United States

Charles Douglas Orth, PhD, Physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics.

As a child, Dr. Orth witnessed a lightning bolt strike a flagpole, thus prompting his interest in lightning and the sciences. Since becoming a prominent figure in his field, he has conducted research on the negative search for quarks, high altitude cosmic ray spectrometry, Monte Carlo nuclear electromagnetic cascade calculations, and real-time corrected telescope images. Contributing to the design of the VISTA fusion-powered spacecraft to Mars, he has also designed inertial confinement fusion chambers, targets, and lasers, as well as performed systems analysis of the National Ignition Facility and developed computer optimization software.

Receiving a Bachelor of Science from the University of Washington in 1964, Dr. Orth subsequently earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the California Institute of Technology in 1970. Upon graduating with his doctorate degree, he joined the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston as a research associate, holding the role for two years. From there, he became a physicist at the University of California Berkeley until 1978. Since that time, he has been a prominent physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California.

Maintaining affiliation with Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa, and the American Physical Society, Dr. Orth is proudest of his 2016 publication regarding fusion targets, spallation, and hydrodynamic instabilities. To attest to his success, he earned the lauded Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 and was highlighted in the fourth edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering in 1997.

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