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Joel N. Shurkin: True Genius: The Life and Work of Richard Garwin, the Most Influential Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Richard Garwin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, and was called a “true genius” by Enrico Fermi. He has influenced modern life in far-reaching ways, yet he is hardly known outside the physics community. Joel Shurkin presents the first biography of one of America’s great minds–a top physicist, a brilliant technological innovator, and a trusted advisor of presidents for sixty years. Among his many contributions to modern technology are innovations we now take for granted: air-traffic control systems, touch screens, color monitors, laser printers, GPS satellite navigation, and many other facets of everyday contemporary life.


His most important work has been on behalf of nuclear disarmament. As a key member of the Los Alamos team that developed the hydrogen bomb, Garwin subsequently devoted much of his career to ensuring that nuclear weapons never again be used. He has spent hundreds of hours testifying before Congress, serving on government advisory committees, and doing work that is still classified, all the while working for IBM as a researcher.


Joel N. Shurkin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of many books, including Engines of the Mind and Terman's Kids. He lives in Washington, DC.






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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 6:30pm


MD State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
415 Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201

by Dr. Radut