Anthony B. Wolbarst, Ph.D.
Division of Radiation Sciences
Anthony Brinton Wolbarst received a Ph.D. in solid state physics from Dartmouth, and then taught and carried out basic research in magnetic resonance and in high pressure physics at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg). Following an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship in medical physics, he served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for three years, and then moved to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is certified by the American Board of Radiology in the three fields of radiological physics (diagnostic radiological physics, medical nuclear physics, and therapeutic radiological physics), and is Past President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.
In 1986, Dr. Wolbarst moved to the Office of Radiation Programs of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he was Senior Scientific Advisor and led the group that provided the scientific/technical analysis in support of the Agency’s development of national standards for the cleanup of sites contaminated with radioactivity (such as nuclear power plants and the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons production facilities). For some of that work he received Vice President Gore’s National Performance Review Award in 1999. He was also Chairman of the Environmental Restoration Sub-Committee (which coordinates among Federal agencies to bring about consistency in environmental pathway modeling) of the Federal InterAgency Steering Committee On Radiation Standards (ISCORS).
He is editor of Environment in Peril, Smithsonian Press (1991), which is based on an ongoing program of seminars he established that brought (at no taxpayer expense) David Brower, Jacques Cousteau, John Kenneth Galbraith, Jane Goodall, Ralph Nader, Carl Sagan, Ted Turner, and others to speak at EPA on what they considered to be the most important environmental problems we face. The second volume in this series, Solutions for an Environment in Peril, was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2001. He was a LEGIS Fellow, serving for nearly a year on the staff of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee (Sen. John Glenn, Chair), and is a Fellow of the Council for Excellence in Government. During a nine-month detail in EPA’s Office of Policy, he published a simple mathematical model for global warming in the American Journal of Physics. While at EPA, he was also Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine.
He has been lead or sole author of over thirty peer-reviewed papers in solid state, medical, and environmental physics, and of more than a half dozen Federal reports and chapters in books. He has written two textbooks, Symmetry and Quantum Systems: An Introduction to Group Representations (Van Nostrand Reinhold), and Physics of Radiology (Simon and Schuster), the Second Edition of which was published in 2005. His book for the general public, Looking Within: How X-ray, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, and Other Medical Images Are Created, and How They Help Physicians Save Lives, was published by the University of California Press in 1999. He is also, with William Hendee, founding editor of Advances in Medical Physics, a biennial review series whose first volume was published in 2006.
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