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Herbert York
Herbert F. York in 1957
Born (1921-11-24)24 November 1921
Rochester, New York, USA
Died 19 May 2009(2009-05-19) (aged 87)
San Diego
Residence United States
Nationality United States
Alma mater University of Rochester
University of California, Berkeley

Herbert Frank York (24 November 1921 – 19 May 2009) was a Mohawk [1] American nuclear physicist. He held numerous research and administrative positions at various United States government and educational institutes.


York was born in Rochester, New York where he received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Rochester in 1943, and went on to obtain his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1949.[1] During World War II he was a physicist at the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory and at Oak Ridge, Tennessee as part of the Manhattan Project. He was the first director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1952 to 1958. After leaving the laboratory in 1958, he held numerous positions in both government and academia, including Chief Scientist of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Director of Defense Research and Engineering.

York was a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He was the founding Chancellor of the University of California, San Diego (1961–1964, 1970–1972). He later served as U.S. ambassador to the Comprehensive Test Ban negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland (1979–1981).[2]

York was Director Emeritus of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at UC San Diego and served as chairman of the university's Scientific and Academic Advisory Committee, which oversees activities at both Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories. He also served on the board of the Council for a Livable World, a non partisan arms control organization in Washington, D.C. York occasionally guest lectured for the University of California San Diego and other institutions.

Herbert York died 19 May 2009 in San Diego at age 87.[3]



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Preceded by
Paul D. Foote
Director of Defense Research and Engineering
1958 – 1961
Succeeded by
Harold Brown

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