1921 – Agnew was born in Denver, Colorado.
1942 – Received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of Denver and joined Fermi’s research group at Chicago.
1946-1949 – Returned to Chicago to finish his graduate studies and received his Ph.D. under Fermi’s direction.
1955-1961 – Elected as state senator for six years.
1961-1964 – Became advisor to SACEUR at NATO.
1964-1973 – Returned to Los Alamos in the Physics Division and became the Weapons Division leader. Became director of the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. Became a member of the President’s Science Advisory Committee. Received the E.O. Lawrence Award.
1974-1978 – Appointed chairman of the General Advisory Committee of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Received the Enrico Fermi Award of the Department of Energy.
1982-1989 – Became a White House science councilor.
2006 – Presently teaching as a professor at the University of California, San Diego.