Wallace Hampton Tucker

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Wallace Hampton Tucker is an astrophysicist who specializes in high-energy astrophysics,[not verified in body] an award-winning playwright, and an active environmentalist.

Early life[edit]

Tucker was born in McAlester, Oklahoma. He’s a part of the Choctaw tribe. He attended and graduated from McAlester High School where he met his future wife, Karen.[1] Shortly after their graduation, they eloped.[citation needed]


Tucker attended the University of Oklahoma and where he earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics and Master's in physics. He continued his education from there and received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California San Diego in 1966.[2]

He has been active in environmental work, helping to found and lead two nonprofit organizations in Southern California: the Fallbrook Land Conservancy (FLC) and the San Diego Land Conservation Coalition. The FLC was formed in 1988. It has acquired and manages over 1850 acres of open space on 10 preserves throughout San Diego County. These preserves offer a safe haven for wildlife and native plant species.[citation needed]


His plays reflect his Native American heritage, focusing on the struggles of mixed and full-blood Indians to come to terms with both the Indian and the white cultures:[citation needed]

  1. Miccos War
  2. At the Sweet Gum Bridge: A Play About Pushamataha
  3. Fire on Bending Mountain
  4. Where Echo Calls


  1. ^ http://www.fallbrooklandconservancy.org/News/Chronicles/Feb2009/chronicle.htm
  2. ^ Geiogamah, Hanay, & Darby, Jaye T. (1999). Stories of Our Ways: An Anthology of American Indian Plays. Regents of the University of California.