Hugh Bradner earned his undergraduate degree at Miami University in 1936 and his doctoral degree at the California Institute of Technology in 1941.
Bradner worked on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos from 1943 to 1946 where he planned the equipment needs for the new laboratory and planned the elements of the town of Los Alamos.
From 1946 to 1961, Bradner was on the research staff of the Radiation lab at the University of California, Berkley. He designed instrumentation for the fusion bomb, which had to be shielded from the gamma rays for the fission bomb.
Bradner has held teaching positions at the University of California, San Diego, and is now