Thomas Bowles Of Los Alamos Honored With Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award In Nuclear Physics

Dr. Thomas J. Bowles of Los Alamos has been endorsed by Marquis Who’s Who as a leader in the field of nuclear physics. Courtesy photo


Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, has presented Thomas J. Bowles, PhD, of Los Alamos with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

An accomplished listee, Dr. Bowles celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field.

As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Bowles is a nuclear physicist who has leveraged nearly five decades of professional excellence to his field. For the past 40 years, he has been aligned with the Los Alamos National Laboratory, for which he has served in numerous capacities, including as the nuclear physics program manager, chief science officer, and chief scientist.

He is a Fellow at the Lab. Active as the chairman of the postdoctoral committee between 1989 and 1991, he also provided his expertise on the technology advisory panel for the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, which is one of the world’s most powerful linear accelerators.

In addition to his full-time obligations, Dr. Bowles distinguished himself as the current chief executive officer and board chairman of the New Mexico Computing Applications Center in Albuquerque from 2007 through 2012 and an affiliate professor of physics at the University of Washington in Seattle since 1995.

During the early stages of his professional journey, Dr. Bowles was a postdoctoral fellow at the Argonne National Laboratory from 1976 to 1979 and a laboratory instructor at his alma mater, Princeton University, in 1974 and 1975. Another noteworthy role during his career included serving as Science Advisor from 2006 to 2010 to former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson from 2006 to 2010, someone he sees as one of his great mentors.

Dr. Bowles has contributed more than 70 articles to various scientific journals, with more than 10,000 citation, and has spoken at over 100 colloquia and conferences. As a contributor to his field, Dr. Bowles was most notably principal investigator on behalf of the United States for the Soviet-American Gallium Experiment from 1987 to 2002, served on the national Nuclear Science Advisory Committee between 1999 and 2002 and maintained activity as the New Mexico representative at the science and technology table for the Border Governor’s Conference from 2006 until 2010.

He also chaired the international organizing committee of the XXII International Conference on Neutrinos and Astrophysics in 2006, and served as the vice-chairman of the Board and American director of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Science from 2013 to 2016. He later assisted in organizing the Re-Energizing America Conference in 2009.

Furthermore, Dr. Bowles has lectured at a number of universities and served as a doctoral thesis examiner for the University of British Columbia and Oxford University. He attributes much of his scientific success to the mentorship of Profs. Gerald Garvey and Hamish Robertson. In recent years, Dr. Bowles has been deeply involved in clean energy and economic development.

Under New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, he has renewed the Green Grid effort to help grow the clean energy economy in making New Mexico 100% carbon neutral by 2045. Dr. Bowles has also been involved with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education where he has worked on the Supercomputing Challenge Board of Directors for many years.

Dr. Bowles attended the University of Colorado, from which he acquired a Bachelor of Science in physics and mathematics in 1973. He subsequently received a Doctor of Philosophy in physics at the prestigious Princeton University in 1978. Among the countless professional memberships that Dr. Bowles has been affiliated with, he is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Bowles is a council member of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council in the U.S. and Mexico and the U.S. chairman of its Technology Commercialization Committee.

In light of his inimitable achievements in the field, Dr. Bowles recently won a Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics in 2016 and the New Mexico Climate Change Leadership Institute Innovation Award and New Mexico Nonprofit Titan of Technology Award in 2012. He was previously recognized with a New Mexico Rainmaker Award in 2010, the New Mexico Technology Council Award in 2009, the Markov Prize from the Institute for Nuclear Research, Russian Academy of Sciences, in 2003 and Lushkov Medal in 1997.

A celebrated Marquis listee, Dr. Bowles has been featured in the 24th edition of Who’s Who in the West and received a Humanitarian Award by Who’s Who for his efforts in supporting early-stage cancer detection.

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