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Profound Scholar, Intrepid Protagonist

The life of Dr. John G. Trump

Dr. John G. Trump was a genius physicist who prolifically shaped American innovation. He dedicated his life to unraveling the mysteries of our universe and shared his findings in ways that continue to improve our lives to this day.

Explore the images and documents we've compiled to learn about this profound scholar.

A Remarkable Personality

Dr. John G. Trump 1907-1985

Personal Life

1907 - 1985

Dr. John George Trump, uncle to President Donald Trump, was born in New York City, NY on August 21, 1907.


1929 - 1933

Trump left the family real estate business to pursue his career in electrical engineering.


1933 - 1980

Dr. John Trump is most notably recognized for his innovative work in rotational radiation therapy.


1940 - 1948

Dr. John Trump is most notably recognized for his innovative work in rotational radiation therapy.


1937 - 1974

Dr. John G. Trump and Van de Graaff developed one of the first million-volt X-ray generators used in cancer therapy.


1945 - 1985

During World War I, members of Trump's British Branch of the Rad Lab in France awarded him this certificate for his "unqualifiedly successful completion of his appointed task"


1937 —

Dr. Trump and his colleagues, one of them being Van de Graaff, were featured in a newspaper for giving papers from their research to the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

War Diary

1944 - 1945

A first-hand account of the radar activities while Trump was serving a dual role with the BBRL and the US Army Air Forces in Europe with Edward Bowles, an MIT electrical engineer

End of Life


Dr. John George Trump died in Boston, MA at the age of 77 on February 21, 1985. Just six days later, President Ronald Reagan posthumously bestowed the President's National Medal of Science upon him.