A Star Gazer Gets Wished Upon

John H. Gibbons started his career practicing what he calls "solar-system pediatrics." As a physicist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, he helped unravel how nuclear reactions within stars gave birth to the elements found in the universe. The work not only pushed the boundaries of basic science but played a role in the design of nuclear reactors. "It was a grand adventure," Gibbons recalls.

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