Roger Bruce Perkins

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By The Staff

PERKINS – Dr. Roger Bruce Perkins died at home in Los Alamos, N.M., July 11, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer. Roger was born in Hammond, Ind., Nov. 8, 1935, to Philip and Lydia Perkins. Roger was awarded a Ford Foundation scholarship while a sophomore in high school, which sent him to college early at the University of Wisconsin. He graduated with a B.S. from Wisconsin in 1955, and received his Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University in 1959. He was a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

During his college years, Roger worked as a summer student at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, where he met his future wife Betty, and upon graduation in 1959 became a staff member in the Physics Division. From 1964-1965, he took leave to work at the Division of Research at the U.S. Atomic Energy Division in Washington, D.C. From 1970-1971, he again took a year’s leave to serve as a visiting professor of physics and astrophysics at the University of Colorado in Boulder.