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Lawrence Livermore physicist John Edwards elected 2011 Fellow of American Physical Society

DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

John Edwards, associate program director for inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and high energy density (HED) science at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been selected as a 2011 American Physical Society (APS) fellow.

Edwards was cited in the plasma physics category for fundamental contributions to hydrodynamics in HED physics and for his leadership in the National Ignition Campaign (NIC) on LLNL's National Ignition Facility. He joined LLNL in 1998, and over the course of his first five years, played a leading role in developing much of the foundation for the HED laser program in place today.

Edwards has since turned his focus almost entirely to ICF, leading groups in target physics, serving as the ignition team leader and, in his latest role, defining the direction of NIC experiments.

"Working on the National Ignition Campaign has been the highlight of my career," Edwards said. "I feel privileged to work on a program as important and challenging as this, on the premier laser facility in the world with a truly remarkable team. It's hard not to be excited about that."

APS fellowships are awarded after extensive review and are considered a distinct honor because the evaluation process, conducted by the fellowship committees of individual divisions, topical groups and forums, relies on nomination and recommendation by one's professional peers. Election to APS fellowship is limited to no more than one half of 1 percent of APS' membership for a given year. Nearly 250 members were elected 2011 APS fellows.


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