[ RadSafe ] Bernie Cohen, a great scientist and a teacher par excellence
parthasarathy k s
ksparth at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Mar 22 04:39:40 CDT 2012
Bernard Cohen was a great inspiration to many young scientists in India. I started paying attention to his research for the first time when I read about the use activated charcoal for collecting radon.
His paper on "Catalogue of risks" published in Health Physics is preserved by many.His arguments on the scientific validity of LNT hypothesis are well known
His eminently readable books attracted the attention of every one. particularly "Before it is too late, a scientist's case for nuclear energy".I recall that on one occasion, a senior scientist argued that professional societies must buy this book and distribute it free to those who will argue for nuclear power. I feel that it is the best book explaining the complex issues such as nuclear waste management facing nuclear industry.
I have a few messages from Professor Cohen explaining his views on nuclear related topics; he always replied in a day or two. RADSAFERS will miss him and his lucid messages.
From: Maury <maurysis at peoplepc.com>
To: radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu
Sent: Thursday, 22 March 2012, 0:42
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] RIP Bernie Cohen, a great physicist and humble guy
He was known to me only through Radsafe. He was a fine Gentleman and a true Scientist. I'm very sorry he lost his life and sorry that now he is lost to us.
On 3/21/2012 8:15 PM, Mark Sonter wrote:
> I was tasked with looking after Bernie on a trip to Oz in the mid 1980s when he was a keynote speaker at the Australian Radiation Protection Society's annual conference in Darwin. We had a lovely 5 hour flight from Adelaide to Darwin and talked physics the whole way.
> And as a Keynote he was a 'blast'.
> Mark Sonter
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