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John G. Waugh

PhysicistLos Alamos, NM

Trinity Site
Manhattan Project VeteranTrinity Test Eyewitness
Front gate to the Los Alamos compound

John George Waugh was a physicist working at Los Alamos in 1945. Waugh received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Missouri in the early 1930’s. He then received his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1935.  From 1941 until 1945, we worked at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and made numerous trips to Los Alamos. Waugh was present at the Trinity test on July 16, 1945. After the war he was employed by the U.S. Navy involved in Naval Ordnance Research. He was named chairman of the BuWeps Hydroballistics Advisory Committee when he was a physicist with the Propulsion Division of the Underwater Ordnance Dept. 

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