Dr. Edward Knapp grew up in Salem. He was an excellent scholar, role model, and mentor for younger students. He attended Ponoma College, earning an A.B. degree and received hid Ph.D from UC Berkeley, graduating with honors. President Ronald Reagan appointed Knapp Director of the National Science Foundation, where he served from 1982 to 1985. Dr. Knapp’s research career has primarily been at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he became the director of the laboratory. He continues to serve as a consultant, and has been active in research to detect buried land mines. He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.