94-year-old Scientist Still Going Strong

Army scientists energize battery researchWhen we are young, we think about what we are going to be when we grow up. Once we’ve grown up, we think about how it will feel to be retired. One man hasn’t stopped working, and he is at the ripe age of 94 years old. 

Dick Post is a scientist at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory and has accomplished a great deal over the course of his lifetime.  Although Post has been retired for over 20 years, he is still working hard as ever. Both a physicist and inventor, Post is a great role model for those living in Livermore. With his main focus being on energy, Post has spent most of his years inventing ways to conserve and create energy that will help the environment.

Where is Post From?

Originally from Claremont, Post spent some of his years in Hawaii, where he was stationed at Pearl Harbor.

Post’s Academic Accomplishments

Post spent his undergraduate career at Pomona College and earned his Ph.D. in physics at Stanford.

What Post Started Working on as a Young Physicist

Post started out working with fusion research. He was involved with researching ways to contain fusion plasma. After the fusion budget was cut, Post decided to focus on inventions. He began working on flywheels and ways to retain and create energy in the early 1980’s.

Who has Post Worked With?

Great minds work together, and over the course of Post’s career, he has had the opportunity to work with some of the greats in the physics world.  From Edward Teller (who was known as the father of the hydrogen bomb) to Nobel Prize winner Herb York, Post has worked with some of the best.

What Post Currently is up to        

Currently residing in Walnut Creek, Post commutes from Walnut Creek to the Livermore Lab four days a week. He is working on a “flywheel”- a rotating battery that could be pivotal in both storing and creating energy.

Dick Post continues to serve as a figurehead for the community, inspiring us all to work hard to do what we love.


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