Thomas J Meyer
Class of 1959
Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, USA
Thomas J. Meyer joined Los Alamos National Laboratory as Associate Director for Strategic Research in Jan. 2000 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
At Los Alamos Meyer is responsible for the oversight and management of SR’s 2,000 people, an annual budget of nearly $400 million and research activities that support the Laboratory’s nuclear weapons and threat reduction missions. SR scientists, spanning fields from theory to bioscience, also contribute to basic and applied research in a variety of areas including energy and environment, materials, and modeling and simulation.
At LANL he also oversees industrial interactions and the laboratory’s intellectual property portfolio, the Energy and Environment Council, and LANL program offices in Science, Energy and Environment, and Nuclear Technology Applications.
After a year as a NATO postdoctoral fellow at University College, London, Meyer joined the faculty at UNC in 1968. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1972, Full Professor in 1975, was named Smith Professor of Chemistry in 1982 and Kenan Professor in 1987. He served as the Head of Chemistry from 1985 to 1990, Chair of the Curriculum in Applied Sciences from 1994-1997, and Vice Chancellor and Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Research from 1994 to 1999. He served on the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology, the Executive Committees of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the Research Triangle Institute, and the Triangle University Center for Advanced Study Inc., and on the Board of Associated Universities Inc. He is currently on the Boards of the Mind Institute, the International Informatics Society, the National Center for Genone Research, the Coronado Ventures Forum, and the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology of the National Research Council.
Meyer is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has won many awards for his research in chemistry and was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine of the State of North Carolina.
Meyer received his bachelor’s and doctorate in chemistry from Ohio University and Stanford University, respectively. He has published over 500 papers, holds three patents and is one of the most highly cited chemists in the world.#
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