John Gilleland earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan Department of Physics in 1969 with Professor Co-Chairs Richard Crane and Arthur Rich. Professor Rich made the first precision g-factor measurement of the positron and in his Ph.D. thesis, John Gilleland refined the technique and improved the accuracy by a factor of 5.

Presently, John Gilleland is CEO of TerraPower, a nuclear energy technology company funded by Bill Gates. The company is trying to solve the world's energy problems and curb nuclear proliferationall with a new kind of nuclear reactor.

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