Jack Campbell

Jack Campbell is the pen name of John G. Hemry, a retired U.S. Navy officer. His father (LCDR Jack M. Hemry, USN ret.) is a mustang (an officer who was promoted through the enlisted ranks), so John grew up living everywhere from Pensacola, Florida to San Diego, California, including an especially memorable few year on Midway Island.

John graduated from Lyons High School in Lyons, Kansas in 1974, then attended the U.S. Naval Academy (Class of ’78), where he was labeled “the un-Midshipman” by his roommates.

His active duty assignments in the U.S. Navy included:

  • USS SPRUANCE (DD963) (Navigator, Gunnery Officer)
  • Defense Intelligence Agency (Production Control Officer)
  • Navy Anti-Terrorism Alert Center (Watch Officer, Operations Officer)
  • Amphibious Squadron Five (Staff Intelligence Officer/N2)
  • Navy Operational Intelligence Center (Readiness Division)
  • Chief of Naval Operations Staff N3/N5 (Plans, Policy and Operations)

John speaks the remnants of Russian painstakingly pounded into him by Professor Vladimir Tolstoy (yes, he was related to that Tolstoy).

He lives in Maryland with a wife who is too good for him and three great kids. The two eldest children are diagnosed as autistic but are slowly improving with therapies, education and medications.

Jack’s website is here.


Saturday at 11:45 am in the Walker Ballroom (second floor)

Everything I Needed To Know About Quantum Physics I Learned From The Three Stooges

Confused about entanglement, ground state, tunneling, and Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle? Watch as Jack Campbell explains principles of quantum physics using Three Stooges skits, and the Stooges themselves.  Afterwards, as time permits, he’ll also talk about writing and answer questions about his books including the New York Times bestselling Lost Fleet series, the science fantasy steampunk-with-dragons Pillars of Reality, and the EPIC Award winning YA novel The Sister Paradox.