Condon, E. U.

Condon, E. U. (Edward Uhler)

(1902–74) physicist; born in Alamogordo, N.M. He taught at Princeton (1928–37), then worked at Westinghouse Laboratories (1937–45), where he took leave to be assistant director of the Manhattan Project. While at the National Bureau of Standards (1945–51), he was attacked by Congress for being a "weak link" in atomic security (1948), but was later vindicated by President Truman. He worked at Corning Glass (1951–54), was a professor at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. (1956–63), then became an astrophysicist at the University of Colorado (1963–70). He made major contributions to nuclear and solid state physics, and Air Force-sponsored UFO research.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.