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David S. Wood

Material ScientistLos Alamos, NM

Manhattan Project VeteranScientist

David Wood (1920-1998) was an American material scientist.


Wood was born in Ohio. He received a B.S. and M.S. from the California Institute of Technology. Because of his interest in metallurgy, Wood was recruited in 1944 to go to Los Alamos to work on the Manhattan Project. During his time there, Wood worked on the mechanical design of the uranium gun-type bomb.


After the war, Wood went back to Caltech where he went on to receive his Ph.D. He stayed there to become a professor, and later was named associate dean of students.  

David S. Wood's Timeline
1920 Born in Ohio.
19441945 Worked on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos.
1949 Received a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.
1950 Became a professor at Caltech.
1998 Died.

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