Donald Hornig | Ex-Brown president, 92

Posted: January 24, 2013

Former Brown University president Donald Hornig, 92, who worked on the atomic bomb and was a scientific adviser to three U.S. presidents, died Monday, Jan. 21, said a university spokesman.

Mr. Hornig, a Harvard-trained chemist, worked on the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, N.M., before becoming a professor at Brown in 1946, the university said. He also taught at Princeton. The school said he advised Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Mr. Hornig, Brown president from 1970 to 1976, inherited a university with an annual deficit of more than $4 million, leading him to institute an austerity plan that deeply cut the deficit. - AP

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