Soochow University, China, BA 1982
University of Texas, Austin Ph.D., 1982, Supervising Professor Melvin Oakes
UT Dissertation: "RF current generation near the ion cyclotron frequency"
Jonathan joined Sandia National Labs following graduation from UT. He was assigned to work at General Atomics in San Diego, CA. There he conducted fusion experiments, publishing over 200 papers.
Jonathan was born in Austin, Texas, on October 26, 1953, to George Hall and Gloria Dickinson Watkins. George attended the University of Texas on a football scholarship, playing in the Cotton Bowl. He was part of the invasion of Iwo Jima. A foxhole buddy from Alabama gave him the name and address of Gloria. He later contacted her and they married in 1948. Both George and Gloria worked in state government. Jonathan has a sibling, Jeffrey.
Jonathan graduated from Crockett High School in Austin in 1971. He was a member of their All-Star Marching Band that was invited to the Cotton Bowl in 1970..
Crockett High School Marching Band, 1970. Jonathan Watkins, second from right on front row.
Crockett High School Marching Band, 1970. Jonathan Watkins, at left end of front row.
Jonathan appears to be in two parts of this panorama photo. A very clever prank, far exceeding the usual feat of rushing around to the other end.