Herbert York (1921 - 2009)

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Herbert York was born on November 24, 1921, in Rochester, New York. He joined the Manhattan Project as a physicist at Ernest Lawrence's Radiation Laboratory at Berkeley and at the Oak Ridge, Tennessee's Y-12 plant, where he worked on the electromagnetic separation of uranium 235. Later he oversaw the expansion of the California Radiation Laboratory to become the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, of which in 1952 he became the first director.

York served as Chancellor of the University of California, San Diego, from 1961 to 1964, and again from 1970 to 1972, and currently serves as the University's Director Emeritus of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and chairman of the Scientific and Academic Advisory Committee, which oversees activities at both Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories.

Herbert York died on May 19, 2009 of the results of radiation therapy he received in 1991 for prostate cancer.

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