John George Trump was the paternal uncle of incumbent US President Donald Trump. He was an electrical engineer and a physicist who received Medal of Science from former President Ronald Reagan.

Early Life and Education

John George Trump was born on August 21, 1907 to father Friedrich and Elizabeth Trump. Raised with two other siblings in New York City, John went on to study electrical engineering at New York University Tandon School of Engineering. Completing undergraduate education, Trump joined Columbia University for a post-graduate degree in physics. John also went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology for Ph.D. in electrical engineering.

Personal Life

John George was a married man with three children: John Gordon, Christine Philip, and Karen Ingraham. Now, he has six grandchildren as well.

Trump died on February 21, 1985 in Boston, Massachusetts.


John George Trump wasn’t in the military but he played a crucial role during Second World War. Receiving prestigious degrees in physics and electrical engineering from well-renowned universities, Trump joined Second World War as a researcher. In 1940, he became a technical aide in National Defense Research Committee. Soon, he was promoted to Chairman of the Radar Division. Alongside working with the government, John was a professor at MIT who would later become its President.

As the second world war was taking its pace in 1942, John George was involved in establishing MIT Radiation Laboratory under the leadership of Alfred Lee Loomis. John was Secretary of the Microwave Committee at that time. A year later, Dr. Nikola Tesla’s expiration caused a chaos in the technical side of word war. During such a period, John was assigned to review and analyze Tesla’s works so that they could be used in the war.

By the end of war, John George Trump had been a well-known physicist and engineer. He had held important positions such as Advisor to Radar and Director of BBRL. Likewise, John also worked with several overseas radar experts to gather useful intelligence from the opposite side of war. As a result, the western world won the war and John George was one of the many scientists who was acclaimed by the UK and the US.

Awards and Honours

  • 1947: The King’s Medal for Service in the Cause of Freedom (KMS), presented by George VI
  • 1948: The President’s Certificate of Merit, presented by President Harry S. Truman
  • 1960: The Lamme Medal, presented by the American Institute of Electrical Engineers
  • 1983: The National Medal of Science, presented by President Ronald Reagan

Donald Trump and John George Trump

Donald Trump is the nephew of John George Trump.

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