AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXVIII, No. 1, Spring 1996


Department of Energy Oral History Project: "Human Radiation Studies: Remembering the Early Years"

In September 1994, the United States Department of Energy, Office of Human Radiation Experiments, launched an oral history project entitled "Human Radiation Studies: Remembering the Early Years." This project was part of the effort undertaken by the DOE, in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, to document radiation experiments that had used human subjects. Thirty oral history interviews were conducted with scientists possessing firsthand knowledge of human radiation experimentation and therapy that occurred during World War II and the Cold War, or the context in which these experiments and therapies took place. The interviewers sought to enrich the documentary record, elicit missing information, and provide the researchers a venue in which to share their thoughts on those decisions and respond to the criticisms the decisions have engendered. The professions covered included health physicists, radiologists, biophysicists, biochemists, physicians, and various medical specialties.

Those interviewed were: William J. Blair, Waldo E. Cohn, Patricia Wallace Durbin, Merril Eisenbud, Hymer L. Friedell, Carl C. Gamertsfelder, John W. Gofman, Marvin Goldman, Julie Langham Grilly, Katherine L. Lathrop, Paul V. Harper, John W. Healy, Karl F. Hubner, Henry I. Kohn, Clarence Lushbaugh, Constantine Maletskos, Earl R. Miller, Karl Z. Morgan, William Moss, Nello Pace, Don Petersen, Chet Richmond, James Robertson, Robert Rowland, Cornelius Tobias, John Totter, Helen Vodopick, George Voelz, and Baird G. Whaley.

To request copies of the transcripts, write to the U.S. Department of Energy, PA-5, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20585. Electronic versions are available at

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