Dr. Forbes has over 40 years experience in conducting research in shock wave and detonation of condensed matter. Dr. Forbes is an internationally known shock and detonation physicist for his work on phase transitions under shock loading, sensitivity and detonation of energetic materials, and ramp wave loading of explosives. He spent thirty-three years at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC, White Oak and Indian Head laboratories) and seven years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as leader of the High Pressure Materials group in the Chemistry Directorate. He was the Material Interaction program manager for the Navy’s Chair Heritage electron beam program from 1976-1983. Dr. Forbes has published over 100 papers and technical reports and holds one patent. He is well known for his involvement in the American Physical Society’s (APS) Shock Compression of Condensed Matter (SCCM) Topical Group having served as the first Secretary/Treasurer and later as the Chair of the group. He became a Fellow of the APS in 1992 based on his technical work on phase transitions and his service to the SCCM topical group.


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Jerry W. Forbes

Senior Research Physicist

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