I grew up in Aberdeen, Maryland and count myself highly blessed to have such a wonderful hometown. I greatly benefitted from the superlative science and music culture of this community. I attended the local Methodist church from an early age through high school, and became serious about my faith by listening to local radio evangelists. I backslid badly during my college years but renewed my commitment during my graduate studies at the University of Virginia. I presently serve as an elder at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, VA. From the musical standpoint, I received outstanding instrumental instruction and played clarinet, sax and drums in Aberdeen High School Band. I studied with a local concert pianist. My vocal music interests were cultivated at Aberdeen High School and I enjoyed singing and accompanying for mixed and men's choruses. One of my favorite musical experiences during my formative years in the 1960s was playing keyboard for several rock bands. During college I organized and directed the band for two musical theater productions. In later life, I have been active in Church music as worship leader and keyboardist. The Aberdeen Proving Ground science and technology culture inspired me to pursue a very satisfying career as a physicist at the Harry Diamond Laboratory, the Defense Nuclear Agency, Northrop-Grumman, James Madison University professor, and now professor emeritus. I can’t close without expressing sincere gratitude to my wife, my children, my parents, my extended family, teachers, pastors, friends, and, of course, God for blessing me so richly along the way.
"To conclude, therefore, let no man out of a weak conceit of sobriety, or
an ill-applied moderation, think or maintain, that a man can search too far
or be too well studied in the book of God's word, or in the book of God's
works; divinity or philosophy; but rather let men endeavour an endless
progress or proficience in both."- Francis Bacon in 'Advancement of Learning'
“We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.” –Thomas Jefferson
"I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord." - David
Friends describe me
as loyal, encouraging and humorous.
Piano, hiking, canoeing
Best advice I ever received
1. Love the Lord and love your neighbor. 2. It's not what you know, but Who you know that's most important
My undergrad alma mater
Western Maryland College
My worst subject in school
In college I drove
a 66 Mustang
If I weren't a professor, I would
be a keyboardist with a retro rock band.
To Serve Them All My Days, Killer Angels, Mere Christianity
Lord of the Rings, Bourne Identity, Breach, The Kings Speech, Pride & Prejudice
Nobody knows I
presented my Ph.D. dissertation in a private audience with Carl Sagan.
My latest accomplishment
Petitioned the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to ensure back-up electric power for U.S. nuclear reactors and spent-fuel storage sites. Petition was accepted for official action.
Effects of solar superstorms and nuclear EMP on the U.S. power grid.