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George Warlick Health Physics Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2821

This collection contains publications, correspondence, and bulletins about health physics and radiation safety methods at Clinton Laboratories and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Many of the publications are written by Karl Z. Morgan, Director of the ORNL Health Physics Division.

See also MS 2504: The J. C. Hart Paper on Karl Morgan, Religion, and Science, ca. 1967; MS.2020: J. Newell Stannard Collected Publications; and MS.2066: Ronald L. Kathren Collection.

Dates

  • 1940s-1950

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

0.25 Linear Feet (1 quarter box)

Abstract

This collection contains publications, correspondence, and bulletins about health physics and radiation safety methods at Clinton Laboratories and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Biographical/Historical Note

George Warlick, of Kingston, Tenn., worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) Health Physics Division in the production of documents in the late 1940s. He worked with Karl Z. Morgan and helped develop the colors of the Radiation Warning Sign.

The father of health physics (the study of the risks of ionizing radiation to people and the environment), Karl Z. Morgan (1908-1999), studied physics at the University of North Carolina and Duke, earning his PhD in 1934. He chaired the Physics Department at Lenoir Rhyne College until 1943, when he joined the Metallurgical Laboratory of the University of Chicago. Transferring to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1944, he became Director of the Health Physics Division, leading studies on the detection of ionizing radiation. Dr. Morgan was founder of the Health Physics Society and the International Radiation Protection Association, edited Health Physics Journal and coauthored the first textbook on health physics, and became an authority on the safe limits for radionuclides in the human body. After retiring in 1972, he continued his work as a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Arrangement

Collection consists of five folders in a single box.

Acquisition Note

Collection was donated to UT Special Collections in October 1989 and June 2006.

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