John Asmus
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John Asmus is a Research Physicist at the University of California, San Diego, USA. Since 1973 John Asmus has been a Research Physicist with the Department of Physics at the University of California, San Diego. He earned his PhD from the California Institute of Technology (Physics and Quantum Electronics) and is a cofounder of the Center for Art/Science Studies at UCSD. Prior to 1973 he held positions with The US Naval Ordnance Laboratory, General Atomic, The Institute for Defense Analyses, and SAIC International (VP and Bd. Mbr.) In 1990 he was awarded the Rolex Laureate for Enterprise (Xi’an Terra Cotta Warriors) and became a Fellow of the Explorers Club. He has published more than 140 articles in professional journals and holds 25 patents in the fields of astrophysics, high-energy plasma physics, high-energy lasers, and laser applications. During the past forty eight years he has performed pioneering research in the use of holography, lasers, ultrasonics, inside-out (X-ray and NMR) imaging, and digital image processing in art conservation. He has applied these tools to the problems of divestment, analysis, interpretation, and presentation associated with diverse art conservation activities. He has also been instrumental in the founding of professional art conservation and laser societies. He is a member of UNESCO and EU conservation commissions on World Heritage Sites and the Parthenon, respectively.