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Dr .J .Rob e r tBe y s t e r Dr .J .Robe r t“ Bob”Be y s t e rwa sma nyt hi ngst o ma nype opl e —gi f t e ds c i e nt i s t ,s uc c e s s f ule nt r e pr e ne ura ndbus i ne s sl e a de r ,phi l a nt hr opi s t ,a v i d y a c ht s ma n,f r i e nd,l ov i ngf a t he ra ndhus ba nd—but a bov ea l l ,hewa sar e ma r ka bl ema nwhoc ha nge d t hewor l df ort hebe t t e r . Bor ni nDe t r oi tonJ ul y26,1924,a ndr a i s e di nGr os s eI l e —a ni s l a nd c ommuni t yont heAme r i c a ns i deoft heDe t r oi tRi v e r —Bobga i ne da l i f e l ongl ov eoft hewa t e ra tav e r ye a r l ya ge . J us ta sBobf i ni s he dhi ghs c hool ,Wor l dWa rI Ibr okeout ,a ndhee nl i s t e d i nt heU. S.Na v y .Hea t t e nde dt heUni v e r s i t yofMi c hi ga n,gr a dua t i ng wi t haB. S. E.i ne ngi ne e r i nga ndphy s i c s .Bobwa sa s s i gne dbyt heNa v y t oade s t r oy e ront heEa s tCoa s t ,a ndwa st he ns e ntt oNe w Yor kCi t yf or c a r e e rt e s t i ng.Af t e ra ns we r i ngaba t t e r yofque s t i ons ,t her e s ul t sc a me ba c k:“ Wha t e v e ry oudo,don’ tbe c omeal a wy e r . ” Bobe a r ne dhi sma s t e r ’ sa nddoc t or a t ei nphy s i c s ,a ndt he nwor ke dbr i e f l y f orWe s t i nghous eAt omi cPowe rbe f or ehel a nde daj oba sar e s e a r c h phy s i c i s ta tt heLosAl a mosNa t i ona lLa bor a t or y .I twa sa tLosAl a mos t ha tBobme tt hel ov eofhi sl i f e —Be t t yJ e a nBr oc k—whom hema r r i e di n 1955.Be t t ywa st hea nc hort ha tke ptBobwe l l gr ounde da ndha ppy ,a nd t oge t he rt he yr a i s e dt hr e ec hi l dr e n:J i m,Ma r k,a ndMa r yAnn. AtBe t t y ’ sur gi ng,i n1957,Boba c c e pt e dapos i t i ona tLaJ ol l a ’ sGe ne r a l At omi c ,whe r ehewa sputi nc ha r geofs t a r t i ngupa na c c e l e r a t orphy s i c s de pa r t me nt .He r ehes t a y e dunt i l1969—wor ki ngonav a r i e t yofphy s i c s pr oj e c t s .Andi twa si n1969t ha t ,a tt hea geof45,Bobus e dt hepr oc e e ds f r om s e l l i ngs omeofhi sGe ne r a lAt omi cs t oc kt os t a r tupane w c ompa ny :Sc i e nc eAppl i c a t i onsI nc or por a t e d( SAI ) . “ Agr e atl e ade r ,agr e atp at r i ot ,andagoodf r i e nd—b onvoy age ! ” Thec ompa ny —l a t e rr e na me dSc i e nc eAppl i c a t i onsI nt e r na t i ona lCor por a t i on( SAI C) —wa sa nunbr i dl e ds uc c e s s ,e v e nt ua l l ybe c omi ngt hena t i on’ s l a r ge s te mpl oy e e owne dr e s e a r c ha nde ngi ne e r i ngc ompa ny .I twa sBob’ s de e pl yhe l dbe l i e ft ha tt hos ewhoc ont r i but e dt ot hec ompa nys houl down i tt ha ts pa r ke dSAI C’ se nt r e pr e ne ur i a lc ul t ur e .


Af t e rgr owi ngSAI Ci nt oa$6. 7bi l l i on bus i ne s ss uc c e s s —wi t hmor et ha n 43, 000e mpl oy e e s —Bobr e t i r e da s Cha i r ma ni n2004.Buthi sl e ga c ydi d note ndt he r e .I nf a c t ,i nma nywa y s , hewa sj us tge t t i ngs t a r t e d.

“ Dr .Bchange dmyl i f eand madep os s i b l et hi ngsIhad ne ve re ve ndr e ame dab out .Hi s vi s i onf ore mp l oy e eowne r s hi p l i ve soni nal lhet ouche d. ”

Th eSAI CSo l ut i o n, Notonet os t a ys t i l lf orv e r yl ong,Bobwr ot ebooks( me s , Numb e r s , a ndNe t wo r kSo l ut i o ns a ndNa ) ,hewa sat i r e l e s s a dv oc a t ef ort hev i r t ue sofe mpl oy e eowne r s hi p( ha v i nga l r e a dyf ounde d t heFounda t i onf orEnt e r pr i s eDe v e l opme nta ndt heBe y s t e rI ns t i t ut e ) , her e a c he doutt ot hewor l dv i ahi sbl og,a ndhe —a l ongwi t hhi swi f e Be t t y —c ont i nue dt oma keat r e me ndousdi f f e r e nc ei nt hel i v e sofpe opl e i nSa nDi e go,a nda c r os st hena t i on.Al wa y sas c i e nt i s ta the a r t ,Bob s e r v e da saf e l l ow oft heAme r i c a nNuc l e a rSoc i e t y ,c ha i r ma nofi t s Re a c t orPhy s i c sDi v i s i ona ndShi e l di ngDi v i s i on,a ndf e l l ow oft he Ame r i c a nPhy s i c a lSoc i e t y . Thel i s tofuni v e r s i t i e s ,c ommuni t y ba s e dor ga ni z a t i ons ,a ndnonpr of i t s t ha tBoba ndBe t t yha v es uppor t e dov e rt hey e a r si sl ong,a ndt henumbe r ofpe opl et ouc he dbyt he i rphi l a nt hr opyi sf a rgr e a t e r . Whi l eBobga r ne r e dma nya wa r dsa nda c c ol a de sdur i ngt he c our s eofhi sl i f e ,hewa spe r ha psmos tpr oudwhe nt he Hor a t i oAl ge rAs s oc i a t i onf orDi s t i ngui s he d Ame r i c a nss e l e c t e dhi mt obea2008Hor a t i oAl ge rAwa r d r e c i pi e nt .Heha dt r ul yt r a v e l e df ul lc i r c l ef r om hi shumbl e be gi nni ngsi nDe t r oi tt oi ndus t r ya ndc ommuni t yl e a de r . Andhewa sofc our s ev e r ypr oudoft her ol et ha tSAI Cpl a y e di nbr i ngi ng t heAme r i c a ’ sCupba c kt ot heUni t e dSt a t e s —us i ngt hec ompa ny ’ sv a s t e xpe r t i s ei nna v a la r c hi t e c t ur et e c hnol ogyt ohe l pDe nni sConne rde f e a t t heAus t r a l i a nsi n1987. " Bob ' sf ai t hi nmywor ke nab l e dmet ochanne l myi nne rHe mi ngway . " I twa sont hewa t e rt ha tBobf e l tmos t a l i v e —s a i l i ngmos te v e r ywe e k,e v e ni nhi sf i na l mont hs —t ode s t i na t i onsne a ra ndf a r ,i nv i t i ng hi sf or me rSAI Cc ol l e a gue st oj oi nhi m.AsBob onc epos t e donhi sbl oga f t e roneoft hos et r i ps , “ Ibe l i e v ea ne nj oy a bl et i mewa sha dbya l l . ”


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