February 9, 2018
The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Milton Slaughter.
Dr. Milton Dean Slaughter was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. After high school, he was awarded a full scholarship to Columbia College of Columbia University in the City of New York. While on probation from Columbia, he worked as an engineering aide in the Engineering Group of the Boeing Company from 1964-1965 on the S-IC first stage of the Saturn V rocket, manufactured at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana and after returning to Columbia, enlisted in the United States Air Force Security Service, where he served as an interpreter from 1966 to 1970. In 1971, Dr. Slaughter received his B.S in Physics from Louisiana State University in New Orleans (LSUNO) (now known as the University of New Orleans. He then went on to receive his PhD in 1974 from the University of New Orleans. After finishing his PhD, he became the first African-American postdoc at the Center for Theoretical Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park from 1974 to 1976 and the first African-American postdoc in the Elementary Particles and Field Theory Group of the Theoretical Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) from 1976 to 1977.
Dr. Slaughter currently serves as an Affiliate Professor of Physics at Florida International University since 2006. From 1989 to 2006, he served in several position at the University of New Orleans, including, Chair Emeritus and University Research Professor of Physics Emeritus. From 1977 to 1989, he held several positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory of the University of California, including; Detonation Theory and Application Group Staff Physicists, Affirmative Action Representative, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Project Manager, Assistant Theoretical Division Leader, and Nuclear and Particle Physics Group Staff Physicists. In 1984 to 1985, Dr. Slaughter took a one-year sabbatical from Los Alamos to serve as a Visiting Associate Professor of Physics for the Center for Theoretical Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Slaughter has also been involved in several international activities. In 1989, he was appointed by Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam as a member of the First Council of the Bouchet Institute/ICTP and also a member of its Executive Committee. He was a founding council member and served as Chair of the EBASI Executive Board for the International Centre on Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. He is an international expert for the International Atomic Energy Agency on nuclear science education and accelerator training. In 2009, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the director of ICTP, K.R. Sreenivasan and Dr. Slaughter (as the EBASI Chair), formalizing joint synergistic cooperation in scientific and technical collaborations among physical scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and technologists from America and Europe and their counterparts from developing countries, especially Africa.
Dr. Slaughter many accomplishment and awards include: Fellow (the American Association for the Advancement of Science); Fellow, Committee on Minorities Editor, Former General Member-at-Large and Forum on Education Executive Committee, Officer., and Editor (the American Physical Society; Charter Fellow and Former Executive Technical Officer and Editor (the National Society of Black Physicists); Member (Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society); and Member (the Optical Society).
Dr. Milton Slaughter currently resides in Miami, Florida. He is married to Hazel Nicolas and they have three children.