Drawing upon four decades of experience in physics and education, Dr. Jon R. Hurd is a distinguished figure in his fields of expertise. At the inception of his career in 1979, the same year he obtained a doctoral degree, he served the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia as a research investigator for two years. From there, he was a research associate at the University of Virginia from 1982 to 1984 before beginning his longstanding tenure at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Beginning his tenure as a staff member in 1984, he was then promoted to project leader in 1989, a role he held until retirement.
A former serviceman of the U.S. Army during Vietnam from 1969 until being discharged in 1971, Dr. Hurd is most renowned for his discovery of several new heavy ion resonances. He has contributed multiple articles to professional journals throughout his career in an effort to share his breadth of knowledge with his peers.
As a testament to his success in both physics and the military, Dr. Hurd received an Army Commendation Medal for his accomplishments. Later on, he earned an Award of Excellence for significant contributions to the nuclear weapons program from the U.S. government in 1986. Born in Columbus, Ohio, on July 8, 1945 to parents Max and Mildred Hurd, he currently resides in Chandler, Arizona. In his spare time, he enjoys playing trumpet and piano, chess and bridge.
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