Robert Johnson Omohundro

born: 1922. died May 14, 2000

B.S. (mathematics) and M.S. (physics), Howard University Retired research nuclear physicist of the Naval Research Laboratory, died of cardiac arrest, May 14 at George Washington University Hospital

Mr. Ohomundro worked on the development of the Atomic bomb during World War II, helped design devices to detect and measure radiation emissions from nuclear warheads, machines used in airports to detect fissionable material and portable neutron detectors for the officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency in their effort to prevent the proliferation of plutonium.

He authored and co-authored more than 40 scientific articles in his field of study and received two patents. Mr. Omohundro volunteered at the Randall Shelter for the Homeless and served as a treasurer and vestry board member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church. He belonged to a number of professional organizations, including the American Physical Society and the Research Society of America. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha social fraternity.  


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