Who is Physicist John G. Trump?

Physicist John G. Trump,


John G. Trump


John George Trump (August 21, 1907 – February 21, 1985) was an American electrical engineer, inventor, and physicist. He was a recipient of U.S. President Ronald Reagan‘s National Medal of Science, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.[3][4][5] John Trump was noted for developing rotational radiation therapy.[3] Together with Robert J. Van de Graaff, he developed one of the first million-volt X-ray generators. He was the paternal uncle of Donald Trump.

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The New Yorker

In September, 1936, a reporter for the Associated Press watched the unveiling of a new kind of X-ray machine, said to be able to generate a million volts of power. The scientist operating the device was John G. Trump, a professor of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Trump was working the controls and explaining how high-speed electrons ran along a porcelain tube to a “water-cooled gold target,” when suddenly “two of the high-voltage sparks hit him squarely on the nose.” And yet, according to the A.P. account, the direct strike caused him only “slight discomfort.” Professor Trump told the reporter, “That’s an advantage of this machine. It’s completely grounded and those sparks can’t kill you.”

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A profile of John Trump, Donald’s accomplished scientist uncle

Physics Today

The MIT professor made his mark on high-voltage generators, World War II radars, and cancer therapy. His cerebral, collaborative approach to his work stands in striking contrast to his nephew’s brash presidential campaign.

…Science journalists have struggled to find angles on Donald Trump during the current extraordinary election season. Trump has denied the reality of climate change, and he has occasionally weighed in on a few other controversial science-related issues. Yet, as Naturepointed out in July, the Trump campaign’s lack of interest in detailed policy questions hinders any traditional analysis of his views on science and science policy.

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