‘Seventy Years of Computing in the Nuclear Weapons Program’ By Dr. Bill Archer At Fuller Lodge Jan. 13

Dr. Bill Archer


The Los Alamos Historical Society presents “Seventy Years of Computing in the Nuclear Weapons Program” by Dr. Bill Archer at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 13 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.

Los Alamos has continuously been on the forefront of scientific computing since it helped found the field. Dr. Bill Archer of Los Alamos National Laboratory will explore the rich history of computing in the Los Alamos weapons program. He will discuss the current status of computing and expectations for the near future.

Archer received his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 1988 for research on computational quantum chemistry carried out at Los Alamos. He was a post-doc at Rice University, a superconducting magnet designer at the Superconducting Super Collider, and an operations research analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). While at CNA he was embedded with the Fleet for seven years.

Returning to LANL in 1999 he was project leader for a major integrated design code, studied the history of the weapons program, and has held a variety of line and program management positions in computational physics. He is currently the Program Director for the Advanced Simulation and Computing program that develops the weapon codes and classified high performance computing.

Dr. Archer can be reached at barcher@lanl.gov.

The Los Alamos Historical Society is pleased to offer its 2014-2015 lecture series, “Made in New Mexico.” Visit http://losalamoshistory.org/lecture_series_2014-2015.htm for a schedule and for a synopsis of each lecture.  Sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank and the members of the Historical Society, the lectures typically are at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month.