R. Gordon Arneson was born May 14, 1916 in Osnabrock, North Dakota. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1938 from North Dakota State College. While a lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1945, Arneson served as secretary to the Interim Committee on Atomic Energy, a special body appointed by Secretary of War Henry Stimson to provide advice on the use of the atomic bomb and the future development of atomic energy. Later, Arneson served in the State Department as a special assistant (first to the Under Secretary of State, and subsequently to the Secretary of State) dealing with atomic energy matters. In this position, he worked during the Truman and Eisenhower administrations with Secretary of State Dean Acheson and Acheson’s successor, John Foster Dulles. In 1954 Arneson served as Deputy Science Adviser to the State Department. He died March 16, 1992 in Arlington, Virginia.