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Public Papers - 1989 - November

Nomination of John W. Lyons To Be Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology


The President today announced his intention to nominate John W. Lyons to be Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce. He would succeed Ernest Ambler.

Since 1983 Dr. Lyons has served as Director of the National Engineering Laboratory at the National Bureau of Standards in Gaithersburg, MD. Prior to this he served as Acting Deputy Director of the National Bureau of Standards and Director of the Center for Fire Research at the National Bureau of Standards, 1973 - 1977. In addition he served in various research and development positions at the Monsanto Co., 1955 - 1973.

Dr. Lyons graduated from Harvard University (A.B., 1952) and Washington University (A.M., 1963; Ph.D., 1964). He was born November 5, 1930, in Reading, MA. Dr. Lyons served in the U.S. Army, 1953 - 1955. He is married, has four children, and resides in Mount Airy, MD.

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