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Pete Nanos

George Peter "Pete" Nanos
Los Alamos National Lab
Director Since: 2003-2005
Born/Residence Bedford, New Hampshire
Education: United States Naval Academy
Princeton University
Former Job(s): Vice Admiral in the US Navy
LANL Director

George Peter (Pete) Nanos is a former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Vice Admiral in the US Navy. Having served from January 2003 to May 2005, he was one of the shortest serving directors of the laboratory.

Early life

Nanos is from Bedford, New Hampshire. He received his bachelors degree at the United States Naval Academy in 1967 and his doctorate in physics from Princeton University in 1974.

Los Alamos

He took the helm at Los Alamos in the wake of a string of allegations and scandals involving security, safety and business issues. Initially he was given the title "director", but in July 2003 he was made a permanent director by the University of California without any further search.

Controversy continued during his tenure including: a case of suspected missing classified disks (which turned out never existed, but were thought to be missing due to a flawed LANL procedure for tracking the bar codes affixed to classified media), improper charges on lab credit cards, and a student injuring her eye with a [2]. During an address to Laboratory personnel, he characterized alleged rule-breaking scientists at the Lab as "cowboys" and "buttheads," causing an uproar amongst personnel who felt Nanos had little respect for their efforts to function under what they saw as perpetually defective management practices. His actions as laboratory director were criticized in the pages of several scientific and technical publications, including Nature Magazine, Aviation Week, and Physics Today.

Nanos abruptly resigned his position and left Los Alamos to take a job at the Department of Defense (specifically the [6] and his management of the institution. The blog was credited by many with expediting, or even facilitating Nanos' early departure. Nanos left under a cloud of employee discontent, missed programmatic milestones and doubts regarding the institution's future prospects. His successor was Robert W. Kuckuck, who took office on May 16, 2005.

Applied Physics Lab

In 2010 he accepted the temporary position of Director of the National Security Analysis Department at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.

External links

  • Official biography
  • LANL Biography (PDF)
  • UCOP Biography (PDF)
  • LANL: The Real Story (employee blog)
  • The New York Times story
  • Tribute to Vice Admiral George Peter Nanos
  • [7]
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