HALL OF FAME
E-Mail: Museum Director
Mr. Glenn E. Elder
Chief, Nuclear Effects Laboratory
Mr. Glenn E. Elder was born March 24, 1914, in Fort
Wayne, Indiana. He attended Indiana University from 1930 to 1934 majoring in
chemistry. From 1948 to 1950 he studied physics at the University of
Evansville in Indiana. He obtained a master's degree in physical metallurgy
from the University of Tennessee in 1952. There he also completed course work
for a Ph.D.
Mr. Elder came to White Sands Proving Ground in 1955.
During his first year he served as Chief of the Environmental and General
Branch, Electro Mechanical Laboratories. From 1956 to 1959, he was Assistant
for Research for the same agency.
In 1956 and 1957 Elder wrote a proposal for testing the
Nike Hercules Guidance System in a nuclear environment. The first test was
conducted with Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory's Godiva reactor in 1957. The
test led to funding for Nevada tests.
In June 1958 Elder presented to an ad hoc committee of
the Ordnance Department a proposal for establishing a Nuclear Effects
Laboratory at WSMR. The proposal was unanimously endorsed. The following year
Elder was named Chief of the Nuclear Effects Laboratory.
The Nuclear Effects Laboratory complex was completed
and occupied in July 1964. With its Gamma Linear Electron
Accelerator, Gamma Radiation Facility, Electro Magnetic Pulse Array and Solar
Furnace, it is the most complete nuclear effects testing facility in the
Department of Defense.
Elder served as Chief of the laboratory until his
retirement in 1974.
Mr. Elder died in Dec 1987.