He was a physicist, mathematician, and nuclear/chemical engineer. He was also known as child prodigy and was accepted into the University of Chicago at the age of 13 and received his B.S. in Mathematics when he was only 17 years old. During the course of his career Wilkins published around a 100 research papers in the fields of pure and applied mathematics, optics and optical optimization problems, and nuclear engineering. He also wrote 22 unpublished reports for the Atomic Energy Commission. His nuclear engineering led to publications on the design, operation, and heat transfer of nuclear reactors. The thing he is probably best known for his Research on Radiation Shielding. He conducted this in collaboration with Herbert Goldstein and published it in Physical Review in 1953. Wilkins developed mathematical models for the calculation of the amount of gamma radiation absorbed by a given material. This work was important for the development of shielding to absorb gamma radiation emitted by the sun and other nuclear sources and was instrumental for both nuclear reactor design and space research.

# Jesse Ernest Wilkins Jr.

### More Biographies

essays:

#### The life of Nicolaus Copernicus, the Astronomer.

... to further his education by going to the University of Bologna in Italy. While there, he roomed with Domenico Maria de Novara, the mathematics professor. In 1500, Copernicus lectured in Rome and in the next year, obtained permission to study medicine at Padua. Before ...

#### Galileo Galilei - founder of modern experimental science

... about seven years old, his family moved to Florence where he started his education. In 1581, his father sent him to the University of Pisa because he thought his son should be a doctor. For four years, he studied medicine and the different theories of the ...

#### STEPHEN J. HAWKING

... modeling physical reality normally consists of two parts: a) A set of local laws that are obeyed by the various physical quantities, formulated in terms of differential equations, and b) Sets of boundary conditions that tell us the state of some regions of the universe ...

#### Hippocrates

... 't the faintest idea that the pulse is related to the heart. This is due to the fact that dissection of the human bodies was forbidden in his time. Therefore, all physicians, including Hippocrates know little about the connection between certain ...

#### Greek philosopher Hippocrates.

... of treatises as his authentic work. They exhibit some unity of expression and style and a freedom from superstition and speculation that is consistent with the reputed characteristics of Hippocrates . At the core of the Hippocratic problem is the question of what standard of ...