David A. Wargowski is a retired manager/scientist with over forty years of research, new product development, manufacturing design/scale-up experience. A holder of seven United States patents, one European patent, and the author of several scientific papers, David also participated in a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Sandia National Laboratory for eight years. He was a member of the American Society for Testing of Materials (ASTM) for 32 years and a member of The Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) for 5 years. David’s research in high temperature polymers continues to be cited in various books, journals, and other publications.
David was born in Chicago, Illinois approximately one month after the United States exploded the first thermonuclear device, Ivy Mike, on Eniwetok Atoll. As he grew, David became witness to the Cold War nuclear arms race and embedded doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) between the United States and the former Soviet Union to nearly 70,000 warheads in 1986.
David is a Manhattan Project historian, with knowledge in nuclear weapons design and testing, and non-proliferation studies that continues to evolve since being inspired by Richard Rhodes first nuclear book, “The Making of the Atomic Bomb”. As a result of his continued interest in this field, David has amassed a sizeable nuclear reference library, video and historical nuclear archive/artifacts collection since 1986. This collection has served to inspire most of the subject matter expressed in his atomic imagery.
Originally as an extension of his expertise in scratch model/diorama building, and restoration of old gasoline pumps and copper pressure and vacuum gauges, David started experimenting with nuclear weapon related subject matter as an art form in 2009. He completed his first sculpture, “The Pit Assembly” in December 2010 and founded The Rapid Rupture Design Studio. David has since increased his atomic art portfolio to include a combination of over fifty photographs, images, and sculptures.
David is an active contributor to the Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists and The Atomic Heritage Foundation, where he also writes atomic history related articles and biographies. David is a member of the Edward E. Ayer Legacy Society of the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, and also serves as an advisory board member for The Atomic Photographers Guild.
“The Legacy of the Nuclear Age”
Sponsor – The Nuclear Forum of the World Social Forum
August 8 to August 12, 2016
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
“From Trinity to Hiroshima and Beyond: the Nuclear Age Through the Eyes of the Atomic Photographers Guild”
Sponsor – The Hiroshima Bank
October 6 to October 15, 2015
“Hiroshima-Nagasaki: Seventy Years Beyond the Bombings”
Sponsor – Physicians for Social Responsibility-Kansas City and PeaceWorks KC
August 6 to October 4, 2015
University of Missouri at Kansas City, Missouri USA