Brian Tonks

Brian Tonks

Physics Faculty Member

Born in Driggs, Idaho to Elmo and Verna Tonks, William Brian Tonks grew up in Victor, Idaho. 

He received an associate degree from Ricks College, and a bachelor's degree in Physics from BYU.

He served in the U.S. Naval Reserves for 5 years, and was on active duty in the U.S. Navy for 5 years.

Brian taught at the Naval Nuclear Power School and went from there to the University of Arizona to earn a PhD in Planetary Science, where he researched several aspects of the origin of the earth and moon. 

He began teaching in the Physics Department at BYU-Idaho in 1993.  He served as Physics Department Chair from 2002-2007.

Brother Tonks served in the Arkansas Little Rock Mission.  He has also been, among other things, a Sunday School teacher, ward mission leader, military group leader, bishop's counselor, nursery leader with his wife, and most recently, bishop of the Rexburg YSA 19th ward. 

Brian and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 35 years. Three of their four children have attended BYU-Idaho.  They also have 10 grandchildren.