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John L. Kuranz (1921-1995) was an American engineer, physicist, and inventor. 

During the Manhattan Project, Kuranz was a member of the Special Engineer Detachment at the University of Chicago Met Lab. He worked in the Instrument Section.

After World War II, Kuranz co-founded the Nuclear Chicago Corporation with James Schoke. He had a distinguished career in nuclear medicine. From 1962-68, Kuranz served as chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission’s Committee on Isotope Development. He was also a member of NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel.

John L. Kuranz's Timeline
1921 Jul 16th Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
1942 Received a B.S. in Engineering from Marquette University.
19421946 Worked on the Manhattan Project in the Instrument Section at the University of Chicago Metallurgical Laboratory.
1946 Co-founded the Nuclear Chicago Corporation.
1957 Received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Southern California.
19621968 Chaired the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission Advisory Committee on Isotope Development.
19681972 Served as President of the Amersham Corporation.
19761982 Member of NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel.
1995 Apr 14th Died in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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