Meszaros Lecture


julius-james-meszarosMr. Meszaros is remembered for his tireless work in bringing together the blast community worldwide. He labored to promote technical interchange and personal friendships for the benefit of all. His colleagues in the blast community regard him as a founder of the MABS Symposia. He recognized the fact that governments throughout the free world needed a forum for the dissemination if blast technologies with military applications. With this vision, the first MABS Symposium was organized in Medicine Hat, Canada in 1967. Successive symposia have benefited immensely from his expertise, guidance and constant inspiration.

His involvement with blast physics began at the Ballistic Research Laboratory in 1943 and continued through his retirement from that organization in 1978. During that time he was responsible for phenomenology effects for all of the major atmospheric tests since “Operations Sandstone” in 1948. Because of his recognized expertise, he was appointed to numerous distinguished positions involving international defense cooperation programs, including his appointment in 1963 as the US Army member of The Technical Cooperation Control Panel N-2 {Nuclear), a position he held for ten years. Mr. Meszaros spearheaded a number of working groups and cooperation programs and was internationally recognized before his appointment as Assistant to the Director of Ballistic Research Laboratory in 1973. There, he distinguished himself as an administrator and nuclear program coordinator and received the coveted Zornig Award for technical and administrative achievements.

He continued his outstanding career with the Nuclear Survivability Program Office, US Army Harry Diamond Laboratories, as an expert and consultant in the simulation of nuclear blast and thermal effects. He became a strong advocate for the construction of the Large Blast Thermal Stimulator in New Mexico, one of several testing and research facilities helping to maintain our nations nuclear balance and parity on a global scale. Both the US and its allies benefited greatly when he organized a number of foreign Data Exchange Agreement Meetings, complementing the MABS Symposia.

In addition to his outstanding technical and administrative capabilities, Mr. Meszaros was noted for his personal charm and ability to establish excellent relations with personnel at all level from many different countries. He served as a role model for younger government and military researches and analysis.

Meszaros Memorial Lecture Series

In order to preserve his memory and carry on with his goals, the MABS Executive Steering Committee instituted a series of historical and technical presentations known as the “Julius James Meszaros Memorial Lectures”. We are pleased to announce the MABS25 lecture:

Lecturer: Dr. Fan Zhang

Past Lectures:

MABS 24: Hallifax, Canada, 2016
Lecturer: Gabu Ben-Dor (Israel)
Titel: Review of the Shock/Blast Wave Research at the BGU – Protective Technologies R&D Center (PTR&D)

MABS 23: Oxford, UK, 2014
Lecturer: David V. Ritzel (Canada)
Title: “Blast Simulators: MABS Legacy and the Continuing Challenge”

MABS 22: Bourges, France, 2012
Lecturer: Fred Hulton (UK)
Title: “Blast from the Other Side”

MABS 21: Jerusalem, Israel, 2010
Lecturer: John M. Dewey (Canada)
Title: “53 Years of Blast Wave Research – A Personal History”

MABS 20: Oslo, Norway, 2008
Lecturer: Charles Needhan (USA)
Title: “Brief History of CFD”

MABS 19: Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2006
Lecturers: David Frost (Canada) & Fan Zhang (Canada)
Title: The Nature of Heterogeneous Blast Explosives

MABS 18: Bad Reichental, Germany, 2004
Lecturer: Bengt Vretblad (Sweden)
Title: “Leader of Follower? – Military Blast and Shock in the Past and for the Future”

MABS 17: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 2002
Lecturers: Heinz Reichenbach (Germany), Peter Neuwald, Germany) & Alan Kuhl (USA)
Title: “Role of Precision Laboratory Experiments in the Understanding of Large-Scale blast Phenomena”

MABS 16: Oxford, England UK, 2000
Lecturer: Afnfin Jenssen (Norway)
Title: Thoughts about MABS and the Future Synopsis”

MABS 15: Banff, Alberta, Canada, 1997
Lecturer: Solange Gratias (France)
Title: “The Simulation of Mechanical Effects of Nuclear Explosions Through the French Contribution within the International Community”

MABS 14: Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA, 1995
Lecturers: Ingram (USA) & Madshus (Norway)
Title: “A Projected History of Sensing Technology for Earth Kinetics”

Lecturers: Ralph Reisler, John Keffer & Noel Ethridge (USA)
Title: “Blast Wave Measurements Techniques, Structural Response and Calibration”

MABS 13: the Hague. The Netherlands, 1993
Title: “A Series of lectures on Measurement Techniques (USA & Canada)

MABS 12: Perpignan, France, 1991
Lecturer: Neil Thumpston (UK)
Title: “Historical Perspective of MABS”