When he was a child, Dr. Steven M. Grimes aided his father in designing his family home. His father, an engineer, was proficient in all areas of engineering and educated the young Dr. Grimes on heating, cooling and electrical connections. From that point forward, Dr. Grimes became intrigued with physics and engineering, and thus, decided to pursue it as a career path. Attaining a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University in 1963, he subsequently matriculated in the University of Wisconsin, earning a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in 1964 and 1968, respectively.
Subsequent to receiving his doctorate degree, Dr. Grimes served the University of Basel in Switzerland as a postdoctoral fellow for one year and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California as a postdoctoral fellow for an additional year. Hired by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shortly thereafter, he served as a physicist at the renowned institution between 1971 and 1981. During this time, he concurrently excelled as a visiting professor at Ohio University between 1978 and 1989, and was subsequently hired by the university full-time in 1985 as a physics educator, researcher and director of the Edwards Accelerator Laboratory. He attained distinguished professor emeritus status in 1991.
Post-retirement, Dr. Grimes served as a consultant to both the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. He also flourished as a visiting professor at the University of Kentucky in 1991. Contributing myriad articles to professional journals throughout his career, he was also the editor of “Moment Methods” in 1979 and “Neutron-Nucleus Collisions” in 1985. Furthermore, he is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa.
In light of his outstanding achievements in physics and education, Dr. Grimes was named a Distinguished Professor by the American Physical Society in 2001, and later on, was named an Outstanding Referee in 2008, which he cites as a career highlight due to his cumulative efforts on several papers he had worked on. Featured in the 72nd edition of Who’s Who in America in 2019, Dr. Grimes enjoys reading, photography, traveling and hiking in his spare time.