John Baglin joined the ISU Physics Department and Ames Lab in 1963, as a Fulbright Fellow from Melbourne, Australia. He worked on photonuclear reactions at the electron synchrotron with Dan Zaffarano, Barney Cook, Al Bureau, Jim Griffin, and many others. And he relished the research, the teaching and the friendly community of Ames. In 1965, he moved to Yale, to work at the 60 MeV linac there. In 1970, he returned to Ames, with his wife Coral (also a nuclear physicist), to plan a new accelerator facility. In 1973, John joined IBM's Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, doing basic research in applications of energetic ion beams to thin film analysis, ion implantation, and radiation effects in solids -- an exciting change of field. In 1988, he transferred to IBM's Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA, to manage a new accelerator lab, specializing in the physics of materials that make up advanced data storage systems, such as magnetic disk drives, or nano-structured / self-assembled materials. He is currently working on ion beam patterning of magnetic disk storage media, and diamond-like tribological protective films for heads and disks. And he remains convinced, as always, that Physics is fun!
John's continuing interest in education issues and innovation is reflected in the series of Symposia on Materials Education that he organized at Materials Research Society meetings since 1994. He is Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Materials Education, and Vice President of the Materials Education Council. And he currently chairs the ISU Physics and Astronomy Council. John is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a former President of the Materials Research Society. He also chairs the Commission on Membership of the International Union of Materials Research Societies.
John and Coral both enjoy choral singing (currently with Schola Cantorum of Palo Alto and their church choir). And when not doing science, or singing, or traveling, they enjoy looking after their home property on a hillside, miles from Silicon Valley, overlooking the orchards, vineyards and farmlands near rural Morgan Hill. They welcome visitors !