WRITTEN BY JOHN D. CAPLAN SUBMITTED BY THE NAE HOME SECRETARY
LAWRENCE R. HAFSTAD, whose five-decade career spanned basic physics research, government service, and industrial research management, died on October 12, 1993, at the age of eighty-nine
During his early career, Larry spent over ten years at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, where his research ranged from studies of the ionosphere to early experiments on light element disintegration.
In the second phase of his career, he devoted fifteen years to government service. These activities started with his work on antiaircraft weapons, proximity fuses for shells, and torpedo exploders for the Office of Scientific Research and Development. Larry then joined the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory staff and became its director. Later he served as executive secretary of the Research and Development Board, Department of Defense. His final government assignment was as director of reactor development for the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).
The next fifteen years of Larry's career were spent in the private sector. He was director of the Atomic Energy Division of the Chase Manhattan Bank for a brief period before becoming vice-president of General Motors Corporation (GM) in charge of corporate research laboratories. He retired from the latter position in May 1969. During this time, Larry continued his Washington interests, especially after 1962 when the GM