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Terry Adams, Ph.D.

Presentation Title

Computational Physics: In the Beginning…

Presentation Description

A history of the field of computational physics, and specifically the contributions of Los Alamos National Laboratory in the development of this area of physics.


Dr. Terry Adams is a scientific software developer and computational physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He has 35 years of experience in computational physics that covers computational simulations, application engineering and developing scientific algorithms and production software.

Adams worked on a commercial quantum chemistry software package for Q-Chem, Inc. for nearly four years. In 1998, he started to work for Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) and then LANL, where he gained parallel high-performance computing (HPC) experience working with and on several Advanced Simulation and Computing Initiative (ASC) projects.

Adams has an applied physics degree from Angelo State University and two physics degrees from Texas Tech University. 

Job Title

Computational Physicist


Los Alamos National Laboratory