Dr. Lowell L. Wood, Jr., is a scientist-technologist who has contributed to technical aspects of national defense, especially defense against missile attack, as well as to controlled thermonuclear fusion, laser science and applications, optical and underwater communications, very high-performance computing and digital computer-based physical modeling, ultra-high-power electromagnetic systems, space exploration and climate-stabilization geophysics. Wood obtained his Ph.D. in astrophysics and planetary and space physics at UCLA in 1965, following receipt of bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and math in 1962. He has held faculty and professional research staff appointments at the University of California (from which he retired after more than four decades in 2006), and is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He has advised the US Government in many capacities, and has received a number of awards and honors from both government and professional bodies. Wood is the author, co-author or editor of more than 200 unclassified technical papers and books and more than 300 classified publications, and is named as an inventor on more than 200 patents and patents-pending.