Tom was born in Brooklyn, New York, and after graduation from West Point was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers. He commanded combat engineer companies in Germany and Korea before returning to West Point to teach physics. He became a professional physicist joining the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1981, where he still conducts scientific studies.
- Pedaling Across America – 2014Every five years, the members of the West Point Class of 1969 meet to reminisce about the years since their graduation, to greet old friends, and to remember members of the class who had passed into the unseen Long Gray Line in the preceding years. Their wives, Class widows and sometimes family members join them. […]
- CAPS – Detecting and Defeating Foreign WMD Threats 1992-2008In the late 1980s the Cold War seemed to be coming to an end, and my work as a nuclear weapons designer was about to lose a lot of significance. My boss at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory asked me to take an assignment at the Pentagon to be the nuclear weapons advisor to the Secretary […]
- What West Point Means To Me – Tom RamosWest Point steered me on a path I followed for the rest of my life. It was there I learned how much I love my country and its Constitution. It was there that I learned to love the natural science of physics. And it was there that I met lifelong friends. Wouldn’t replace those experiences for […]
- Star Wars Research in the Cold War – 1981By Tom Ramos, Livermore National Laboratory located in Livermore, California In the summer of 1981 I resigned my commission and left West Point’s Physics Department to take a job as a physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The Laboratory was generous in letting me pick a research group to join. After interviewing group leaders […]