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In Memoriam

Honoring Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows and their contributions to the institution.


George Baker

Charles Mader, 88, a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow since 1982, passed away on August 18th, 2018.

He was a Banning Scholar at Oklahoma City University and earned his BS and MS degrees in chemistry from Oklahoma A & M, continuing his graduate studies at University of Kansas.

In 1955 he became a staff member for the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, starting in the Explosive Division (GMX) from 1955-56 and continued in the Lab’s Theoretical Division until his retirement in 1986. Even after retirement, he continued to conduct research and publish, establishing Mader Consulting Company, working with government and industrial organizations, including Los Alamos Laboratory.

 His research involved the study of the physical chemistry of detonations, explosives and propellants, atmospheric and underground testing and numerical modeling. His first book, “Numerical Modeling of Detonations” (1979), surveys two decades of numerical modeling of the detonation process for condensed explosives and describes the numerical methods and reactive dynamics of these materials. His later book “Numerical Modeling of Explosives and Propellants” (2007) became a standard text on the chemistry and fluid dynamics of chemical explosive devices. 

Charles applied his expertise of fluid dynamics to research the numerical modeling of tsunamis and other water waves, modeling landslide tsunami hazards and determining areas of evacuation. His book: “Numerical Modeling of Water Waves” (2004) is cited as a comprehensive treatise and valuable reference for the computer modeling of waves. He later became the editor of the Journal of the International Tsunami Society: The Science of Tsunami Hazards for over 20 years. He won an award for contributions to Tsunami Science by the International Tsunami Society in 2012.

During his tenure at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he won a Distinguished Performance Award in 1980, as well as organized and became the first coordinator of the Lab Fellows in 1982.  In addition, Charles was also a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists in 1983 and listed in “Who’s Who in America” as well as the World.  He was the program manager and author of four of the Los Alamos Series on Dynamic Material Properties. Those volumes included Shock Hugoniot Data; Shock Wave Profile Data; Explosive Property Data; and Explosive Performance Data; Peremx Data (Volumes I, II and III).

Besides his scientific achievements, he was an accomplished mountaineer, becoming the 65th mountain climber by 1959 to have climbed 54 peaks in Colorado over 14,000 feet as well as the Matterhorn and other Swiss Mountains.  He was also an avid skier along with his wife, Emma Jean Mader, with whom he skied the continents from New Zealand to Alaska. Charles was also a longtime scoutmaster, leading the Los Alamos Boy Scout Troop 122 at the Los Alamos First United Methodist Church from 1974 to 1985.  During that time, the Troop had 48 scouts that completed their Eagle Awards. He was awarded the Scouting Silver Beaver Award and the Methodist Church’s Cross and Flame award for his work with youth and Scouting.

Charles Mader’s complete Obituary at De Vargas Funeral Home at: https://www.devargasfuneral.com/notices/CharlesLavern-Mader

or at the Los Alamos Monitor at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lamonitor/obituary.aspx?n=charles-lavern-mader&pid=190036340

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