Born: Hamburg, Germany
Education: Wadsworth was educated at Sheffield University in England, where he studied metallurgy, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1972 and a Ph.D. in 1975. He was awarded a doctor of metallurgy degree in 1991 for his published work and received the highest recognition conferred by the university, an honorary doctor of engineering degree, in July 2004.
More about Wadsworth: He has authored or co-authored nearly 300 scientific papers and one book, and he has been granted four U.S. patents. His many honors and awards include five honorary doctorates, two honorary professorships from Chinese universities and election to the rank of fellow of three technical societies. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2005.
He came to the United States in 1976 and has worked at Stanford University, Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In 2002, he joined Battelle and served as a member of the White House Transition Planning Office for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
From 2003 to June 2007, Wadsworth was director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Department of Energy’s largest multipurpose science laboratory.
More about Battelle: The company has spun off new ventures and companies in fiber optics, pharmaceuticals, energy, electronics and informatics. Its principal businesses today are fee-for-service contract research, laboratory operations and commercial ventures executing more than 5,000 projects for some 1,500 industrial and government clients throughout the world.