Julius Robert Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer, born in Manhattan in 1904, was the director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, where Einstein worked. Oppenheimer is considered the "father of the bomb" because of his involvement with the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb. He died in 1967.
Meredith C. Gourdine
Gourdine was born in Newark in 1929. His pioneered the field of electrogasdynamics - the dynamics of electricity and gas. He built a multimillion-dollar company that uses these principles. He figured out how to convert natural gas into the kind of electricity we use every day. He changed the way our refrigerators work, and found ways to remove salt from water and to make smoke less toxic. He died in 1998.
John Forbes Nash Jr.
Nash Jr. is better known as the subject of the film, "A Beautiful Mind." Nash is a brilliant mathematician/economist who has battled schizophrenia. He was born in 1928. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1950. He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994. Nash continues to work as a professor at Princeton University.