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L.T.E Thompson
Dahlgren's First Leading Scientist

Dr. Thompson holds a B.S. from Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and an A.M. and a PhD from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. He was instructor and then Assistant Professor of Physics at Clark from 1917 until 1919. From 1923 until 1942, Dr. Thompson was Chief Physicist at the Naval Proving Ground, Dahlgren, before moving to the Norden Company, and was later Technical Director of the Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake, California.

Among the many other notable positions held by Dr. Thompson are: Vice President of the Norden Labs Corporation; Vice President for Research, Norden Ketay Corporation; Consultant, Norden Division of United Aircraft Corporation; Consultant, Office of the Director, Special Projects, Navy Department, Member of the Ordnance Evaluation Group; Member, Advisory Group, Science Advisory Board, U.S. Air Force; Vice Chairman, Research and Development Board, Department of Defense; and Chairman, Technical Advisory Panel of Ordnance, Transportation, and Supply. He received the Civilian Service Award of the Navy Department in 1952 and the Distinguished Public Service Award in  1961. He served as a member of the Naval Weapons Laboratory Advisory Council from 1955 until 1966.