National Affairs: ATOMIC ENERGY'S McCONE

A Private Dynamo in the Public Service Named by President Eisenhower to a chair on the Atomic Energy Commission: California Industrialist John Alex McCone.

Beginnings. His Scots-Irish family has been in the machinery-manufacturing business since 1860, when grandfather John McCone started an iron foundry in Virginia City, Nev. His father opened branch plants in Reno, Los Angeles and San Francisco, where John Alex McCone was born Jan. 4, 1902. He studied engineering at the University of California, at Berkeley (B.S., '22), took his first job that year as a riveter and boilermaker with Los Angeles' Llewellyn Iron Works.

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