|Birth: ||Mar. 28, 1921|
|Death: ||Sep. 29, 2013|
San Diego County
Scientist, physicist. Best known for having flown as a scientific observer on the Hiroshima bombing mission and, later, as the third director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He attended at South Denver High School, and received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Denver. In January 1942, he joined the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago, where he worked with Enrico Fermi, Walter Zinn and Herbert L. Anderson. There, he was involved in the construction of Chicago Pile-1, witnessing the first controlled nuclear chain reaction in December 1942. He worked on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos from 1943 to 1945. On August 6, 1945, Agnew flew as a scientific observer with the 509th Composite Group to Hiroshima in the B-29 aircraft The Great Artiste which tailed the Enola Gay. He returned to the University of Chicago in 1946, where completed his graduate work under Fermi. He received his Master of Science (MS) degree in 1948 and his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1949. He went back to Los Alamos and worked in weapons development, ultimately becoming head of the Weapon Nuclear Engineering Division in 1964, a position held until becoming Director in 1970. Agnew also served as a New Mexico State Senator from 1955 to 1961. He was the recipient of the E.O. Lawrence Award in 1966 and the Department of Energy Enrico Fermi Award in 1978. Along with Hans Bethe, he was the first to receive the Los Alamos National Laboratory Medal. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He died at the age of 92 of natural causes.
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