Warren E. Nyer has more than 55 years (1941–1996) experience in the nuclear energy field, often leading the development of Idaho reactor safety programs, such as the SPERT (Special Power Excursion Tests) and LOFT (Loss of Fluid Tests) programs, when there were few precedents and a host of unknowns. A colleague wrote of Mr. Nyer, “Much of our experimental knowledge of the phenomena that drive light water reactor accidents had its origin then and there.”
The last surviving member of the Manhattan Project, Mr. Nyer worked as a member of the technical staff for the precursor to the Manhattan Project at the University of Chicago; then for the Manhattan Project after it was formed, first continuing at the University of Chicago; then at the X-10 reactor at Oak Ridge, Tennessee; then the Plutonium production reactors at Hanford, Washington; and then Los Alamos site until 1946. As a member of the U.S. delegation, Mr. Nyer presented papers at two Atoms for Peace Conferences in Geneva, Switzerland in September, 1958 and in 1964. He was invited to present a paper at an international meeting at the Science Museum in London on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the nuclear chain reaction on December 2, 1992. Mr. Nyer lives in Idaho Falls, Idaho.