Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Gov. Richardson Names Science Adviser
SANTA FE A former chief science officer at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been named as Gov. Bill Richardson's science adviser.
Thomas J. Bowles will provide counsel and assistance to the governor as well as state officials on science and technology matters. In particular, he will be the governor's liaison with New Mexico's major research universities in the search for more effective ways to advance science and technology collaborations.
"New Mexico is becoming a national leader in the high tech field and Tom Bowles will help further this progress,'' Richardson said Wednesday. "Our high tech industry and national labs can work together to become a job creation dynamo for New Mexico.''
Bowles succeeds a number of fellow Los Alamos scientists who have served as previous science advisers.
Named Los Alamos lab's chief science officer in July 2004, Bowles was responsible for enhancing theoretical and experimental science. He came to the position from research and management in the lab's physics division.
As the principal investigator on the lab's Ultra-Cold Neutron program, Bowles also served as the nuclear physics program manager.
Bowles earned his bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Colorado and received his doctoral degree in physics from Princeton University in 1978. He was elected as an American Physical Society Fellow in 1993 and made a Los Alamos Fellow in 1994. The next year, he was made as an affiliate professor at the University of Washington.
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