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M. William (Bill) Johnson

Bill Johnson is the Deputy Group Leader for Nuclear Design and Risk Analysis (D-5). He received a Ph.D. in Nuclear Chemistry from the University of Rochester in 1979 and, following postdoctoral work at the University of Maryland in nuclear and atmospheric chemistry, took a position in 1981 with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), where he has spent his entire career to date.

Dr. Johnson's specialty is the application of nuclear instruments and methods to problems in the national well-being, including nuclear safeguards and nonproliferation, counterterrorism, and energy security. He has been a member of numerous United States delegations to Russia and other states of the Former Soviet Union to (1) consult with colleagues there on means to ensure the safe and secure storage of nuclear materials removed from the Former Soviet Union's weapons program and (2) develop a means of detecting illicit removal and transportation of such materials. His recent professional activities have included responsibility for parts of the NNSA's Proliferation Detection Program executed at LANL, involving nuclear materials detection, advanced detector materials and algorithms, and nuclear event attribution. He is a multiple winner of the Laboratory's Distinguished Performance Awards for his activities as part of the teams working in these fields.

Dr. Johnson's activities in basic research span a wide range of subjects, ranging from cosmic-ray physics to medium-energy physics to paleontology to computer chess.


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