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Ronald L. Kathren Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2802

This collection consists of Health Physics Society-related materials, materials related to the field of health physics in general, and radiation contamination research.

Series I contains Health Physics Society related materials, membership, correspondence, and award nominations. Series II contains materials related to health physics in general, including material from the national Council on Radiation Protection. Series III touches on radiation contamination research. It includes specific case studies from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Hanford Site in Washington. Series IV consists of glass slides for presentation purposes. Please note that some of the slides have graphic material on them. They were used to show what radiation contamination could do to the human body.

For more collections like this, please see MS 2066.

Dates

  • 1956-1995

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

6 Linear Feet (5 record boxes and 4 small half boxes for glass slide negatives)

Abstract

This collection consists of Health Physics Society-related materials, materials related to the field of health physics in general, and radiation contamination research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ronald L. Kathren received his BS from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1957. He received his Masters of Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1962 and also from the University of California, Berkley in 1964. His scientific work has been largely in the area of applied health physics, with emphasis on radiation dosimetry and instrumentation, environmental radioactivity, and the history of radiation protection. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Health Physics and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. Mr. Kathren has extensive experience in the field of health physics and has held prestigious positions on numerous health physics related committees. He was president of the Health Physics Society between 1988 and 1990. He has also been director of the United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries since 1988. Mr. Kathren has authored and co-authored several scientific books including Radioactivity in the Environment and Radiation Protection. He also has served as a consultant to the US Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards and Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste.

The mission of the Health Physics Society is to work for safer and more secure laboratories.

Arrangement

This collection consists of four series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Health Physics Society, 1987-1992
  2. Series II: Health Physics, 1961-1995
  3. Series III: Contamination Research, 1956-1985
  4. Series IV: Glass Slides, circa 1963

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to the library by Ronald L. Kathren in 1993.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480