Perry B. Ritter
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Perry B. Ritter
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Perry Burdge Ritter
August 11, 1915
|Died||May 25, 2000(aged 84)|
|Cause of death||Cancer|
|Citizenship||United States of America|
Perry Burdge Ritter, was a research engineer and an experimental physicist on Project Orion.
He was born 11th August 1915, in Ohio. He married in 1942. On 20th June 1946 he was issued with a badge for Atomic Bomb Test Joint Task Force One. He was awarded a Diploma from Pasadena, California on 20th June 1947. In 1952 he was at the Staford Research Institute working as an Instrument Engineer for the department of Applied Physics.
He worked as a foundry engineer in the Manhattan project
Perry became a manager for Grand Central Rocket Co. in Redlands, California. In 1959 he moved to Encinitas, California, where he worked at General Atomic.
Perry worked on detonators for the model, but he was a pacifist/gentle. So Orion exploring peaceful aspects of bombs probably appealed to him. He would polish the interior of the canisters before loading them with high explosives, to ensure there were no air-pockets. Whilst working on the c4 test models for Orion, he had an accident. He went over the revetment to see what happened and tripped over a wire and thing went off. He was completely dazed. He gradually came back into focus, with a punctured eardrum and a concussion to one side of his head. Brian Dunne appointed Perry Ritter as the lead man at the Point Loma site.  
A core group of Orion physicists left General Atomic to form their own independent company, Systems, Science, and Software, or "S-Cubed." Perry later worked for S-Cubed.
Perry died 25th May 2000 at the age of 84 years old (cancer). 
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