Donald Hornig


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Former Brown University President Donald F. Hornig, who worked on the atomic bomb and was a scientific adviser to three U.S. presidents, has died. He was 92.

His son says Hornig died Monday. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Hornig was the Ivy League university's president from 1970 to 1976. He also taught at Princeton and Harvard.

Hornig was a Harvard-trained physical chemist and one of the youngest group leaders on the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb during World War II. He designed the firing unit that triggered the simultaneous implosion of the bomb's plutonium device.

Hornig advised presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson, then became president at Brown, where he restored the university to financial health.

He then joined Harvard's School of Public Health. Harvard honored him last year for being a "visionary scientist and educator."

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I am sad to hear of the passing away of Dr. Donald Hornig. I wish to add to my sister Syamala's note that it has always been a matter of great pride to us that our father Dr. M.L.N. Sastri had the opportunity to work with Dr. Hornig at Princeton University in the early '60s (and we also had the chance to meet him and his family as kids)! My condolences to the family.
Murali Mantrala, University of Missouri, Columbia

My father, Dr. M.L.N. Sastri, worked with Dr.Hornig at Princeton Univ. (1960-1964). We have very fond memories of our time spent with Dr. Hornig. My mother and I would like to express our condolences to the Hornig family.

My father, Dr. Sastri, worked with Dr. Hornig at Princeton Univ. from 1960 - 1964. We have very fond memories of Dr. and Mrs. Hornig. My mother and I would like to express our condolences to Mrs.Hornig and the Hornig family.
Syamala Sistla (daughter of Dr. M.L.N.Sastri)

Dr. Hornig was my thesis advisor at Prineton. I learned a great deal from his and appreciated his direction. The news of his death saddened me. My condolences to the family.

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.


My sympathy to the family of Mr Donald Horning. May the God of Peace be with you. Rm. 15:33

We were saddened to hear of Donald's death and would like to express our sincere sympathy to Lily and your family. We wish you comfort and peace.