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Donald Clayton on Aug. 14, 1961, on the day of his PhD Thesis defense, with wife Mary Lou and son Donald. Dabney Hall, Caltech, is at left. Clayton's thesis was in two parts: his measurements on the 3-MV Van de Graff of a nuclear reaction that measured properties of states relevant to the 13C + p reaction in the CN cycle (Phys. Rev. 128, 2254 (1962)); his mathematical formulation of the s process theory of nucleosynthesis and its consequences (Ann. Phys. 12, 331 (1961)). William A. Fowler directed this thesis, which was the first at Caltech in nuclear astrophysics (as opposed to nuclear physics).

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