Fusion Scientists and Leaders

Dr. Scott C. Hsu, Los Alamos, NM

Dr. Scott C. Hsu is a plasma and fusion research scientist in the Plasma Physics Group of the Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos, NM. He earned a Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences (Program in Plasma Physics) in 2000 from Princeton University, where he made experimental measurements of ion heating due to magnetic reconnection, which is ... Read More »

Dr. Shalom Eliezer, Rehovot, Israel

Tom Tamarkin, President of USCL and Dr. Shalom and Yaffa Eliezer discuss nuclear fusion energy Dr. Eliezer is a well-known professor and lecturer on fusion science in Europe and Israel. His wife Yaffa is the author of two fiction books published both in English and Hebrew. Dr. Shalom Eliezer is the author of many text books used in graduate level ... Read More »

Irvin Lindemuth, Ph.D.

Dr. Irvin Lindemuth is by many measures considered to be the “father” of the Magnetized Target branch of fusion energy research and proposed solutions to commercial power. Recognizing that the facility cost was a large component of the R&D cost which was the principal impediment to the progress of fusion development at the time, around the mid-1990’s, Drs. Irv Lindemuth, ... Read More »

Kip Siegel

Inspired by Dr. Teller’s work, and his prophetic warning to keep people informed, a Michigan physics professor named Dr. Keeve (Kip) Siegel formed the first and only private-sector company to pursue controlled fusion research using lasers. In the early 1970s, he formed KMS Industries, with the goal of successfully achieving laser inertial fusion energy. With private funding, on May 1, ... Read More »

Dr. Robert L. Hirsch

Robert L. Hirsch, Ph.D., is a former senior energy program adviser for Science Applications International Corporation and is a Senior Energy Advisor at MISI and a consultant in energy, technology, and management. His primary experience is in research, development, and commercial applications. He has managed technology programs in oil and natural gas exploration and >petroleum refining, fusion, fission, renewables, defense ... Read More »

Robert Bussard

Robert W. Bussard (August 11, 1928 – October 6, 2007) was an American physicist who worked primarily in nuclear fusion energy research. He was the recipient of the Schreiber-Spence Achievement Award for STAIF-2004.  He was also a fellow of the International Academy of Astronautics and held a Ph.D. from Princeton University. In June, 1955 Bussard moved to Los Alamos and joined the Nuclear Propulsion Division’s Project Rover designing nuclear ... Read More »

Robert J. Goldston

Robert J. Goldston Professor of Astrophysical Sciences goldston@pppl.gov 609-243-3550 BackStory with Joan Goldstein, 6.15 Inertial Confinement Fusion R&D and Nuclear Proliferation Education B.A., Physics, Harvard University, 1972 Ph.D., Astrophysical Sciences, Program in Plasma Physics, Princeton University, 1977 Research Interests I started my research career studying how plasmas are heated by energetic ions. I did experimental research on fast ion thermalization ... Read More »