Bruce Lathan Hicks (born October 15, 1915 in Berkeley, California) is a game designer who was an applied physicist and digital computer specialist. He obtained his doctorate in physics at California Tech in 1939. He spent World War II working at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics where he began thinking about the possibility of using nuclear energy for aircraft propulsion. The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics was an American federal agency that existed from 1915 until 1958 to undertake, promote, and institutionalize aeronautical research. He has been a professor of engineering research, aeronautical engineering, and education.
His brother was fellow game designer and mathematics professor Hervey C. Hicks.