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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sedona, Arizona
Favorite Quote:
if I can't change the people I'm around, then I'll change the people I'm around.

Birthplace

Born:
11/8/1966
Birth Location:
Mt. Clemens, Michigan

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sedona, Arizona
Favorite Quote:
if I can't change the people I'm around, then I'll change the people I'm around.

Birthplace

Born:
11/8/1966
Birth Location:
Mt. Clemens
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Biography

Physicist Donnell Thaddeus Walton was born on November 8, 1966 in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. He was one of three children born to Antoinette Williams. Walton attended North Carolina State University and graduated with his B.S. degree in physics and electrical engineering in 1989. Donnell went on to enroll in the University of Michigan where he studied under Dr. Walter Lowe and graduated with his Ph.D. degree in applied physics in 1996. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship with AT & T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey under its Creative Research Fellowship Program (CRFP).

In 1996, Walton was hired as an assistant professor at Howard University where he taught in the physics department until 1999. Walton was then recruited by Corning, Inc. and assigned to the research and development department where he performed and led research in fiber amplifiers and lasers. After serving as project manager of science and technology from 2004 to 2008, he joined Corning, Inc.’s Gorilla Glass team where he was named senior applications engineer. While there, Walton developed products for the burgeoning information and technology sector and worked to extend the applicability of Gorilla Glass. In 2010, Walton was named manager of the Worldwide Applications Program at Corning, Inc. In addition, he has authored fifteen patents and over sixty technical papers in scholarly, peer review journals including Optics Express and Optics Letters.

Walton’s professional affiliations include memberships in the Society of Information Display, the Optical Society of America, and the American Physical Society. In 2013, Walton received the “Outstanding Technical Contribution to Industry Award” from U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology.

Walton lives in Painted Post, New York with his wife, Robin Walton. They have two children: Nina Walton and Donnell Walton, Jr.

Donnell Thaddeus Walton was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 10, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Donnell Walton describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Donnell Walton talks about his grandparents' long marriage and his grandmother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Donnell Walton talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Donnell Walton describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Donnell Walton talks about his relationship with his biological father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Donnell Walton talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Donnell Walton talks about the strong influence of his grandparents, and the impact of his first conversation with his biological father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Donnell Walton talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Donnell Walton describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Donnell Walton talks about his childhood neighborhood in New Haven, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Donnell Walton describes the sights and sounds and smells of growing up in New Haven, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Donnell Walton talks about his memories of Detroit, Michigan in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Donnell Walton describes his experience in elementary school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Donnell Walton talks about attending Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in New Haven, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Donnell Walton talks about his childhood interest in sports and reading
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Donnell Walton talks about his interest in books
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Donnell Walton talks about the schools he attended, and his interest in sports
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Donnell Walton talks about his interest in boxing and reading, and his boxing heroes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Donnell Walton describes his experience in school in New Haven, Michigan and Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Donnell Walton talks about his motivation to study hard in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Donnell Walton talks about his grandparents' deaths
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Donnell Walton talks about his grandmother's buying him his first computer in 1981
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Donnell Walton talks about spending a lot of time alone as a child, and his early interest in science
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Donnell Walton talks about his family's pets in New Haven, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Donnell Walton talks about his grandmother's death, and moving to Charlotte, North Carolina to live with his great-aunt
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Donnell Walton describes his experience in high school in Charlotte, North Carolina and the influence of his guidance counselor, Ms. Dorothy Floyd
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Donnell Walton talks about playing football in high school, and receiving an academic and track scholarship to attend North Carolina State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Donnell Walton talks about how he was influenced by the Minority Introduction to Engineering (MITE) summer program at MIT
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Donnell Walton describes his experience at North Carolina State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Donnell Walton talks about majoring in electrical engineering and physics at North Carolina State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Donnell Walton talks about receiving an AT&T Cooperative Research Fellowship Program and his experience at Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Donnell Walton talks about his experience at Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Donnell Walton describes his decision to attend the University of Michigan to pursue his Ph.D. degree in physics, with support from Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Donnell Walton describes his Ph.D. dissertation research on optical fiber lasers and the applications of these lasers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Donnell Walton talks about his mentors at Bell Laboratories and at the University of Michigan, and his research at Argonne National Laboratory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Donnell Walton describes his experience at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Donnell Walton talks about research infrastructure at Howard University, and the important place of scientists in African American history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Donnell Walton talks about his contributions at Howard University and reflects upon the research programs and funding at HBCUs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Donnell Walton describes how he was recruited to Corning, Incorporated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Donnell Walton talks about the diversity in the workforce at Corning, Incorporated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Donnell Walton describes his work on high-powered fiber lasers at Corning, Incorporated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Donnell Walton talks about the development and applications of Gorilla glass
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Donnell Walton talks about his involvement with the marketing of Gorilla Glass at Corning, Incorporated, and the importance of communicating science
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Donnell Walton talks about his involvement with the marketing of Gorilla Glass, and about the different types of glass used in different products
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Donnell Walton describes how glass breaks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Donnell Walton talks about his team of engineers and about how patents work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Donnell Walton talks about the various markets for Gorilla glass and his re-deployment at Corning, Incorporated
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Donnell Walton describes native damage resistance in Gorilla glass
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Donnell Walton talks about Corning's competitors and its market base
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Donnell Walton talks about returning to research and development at Corning, Incorporated, and the company's investment in R&D
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Donnell Walton shares his advice for scientists and engineers contemplating careers in industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Donnell Walton reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Donnell Walton describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Donnell Walton talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Donnell Walton talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Donnell Walton talks about Corning's involvement in educational and mentoring programs for minorities