Charles Louis was born in Shreve, Ohio back in 1910. Can’t tell you who his parents were however, for this post it is not necessary. He received his B.S. degree in 1934 and his M.A. in Mathematics from George Washington University and his PhD in Physics in 1939. Can you tell he is way beyond me after kindergarten?
Anyway, after graduation he taught optics at the University of Rochester. In 1940, he was awarded a National Research Council fellowship working at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.
He moved around to a few universities teaching and honing his skills. BTW his main concentration was that of ballistics. In 1943, he went to work for the U.S. Government which of course is the rest of the story. He received three patents for sabot designs due to his ballistic studies made him valuable to the U.S.
The U.S. Government wanted him for a project they were working on, maybe you’ve heard of it, the Manhattan Project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was the leader of the target, projectile and source group. He worked on two weapons you also may have heard of, Little Boy and Thin Man. Of course, I’m writing about Charles Louis Critchfield.
After the war, he wound up at the University of Minnesota for a few years. He moved on to do research at General Dynamics for the Atlas family of rockets. He died in Los Alamos, New Mexico in 1994 at 84.