Health Physics Society
Accelerator Section

Contact: Scott O. Schwahn schwahnso@ornl.gov





"Awards for Accelerator Health Physicists," by Ralph Thomas (June 2010)


H. Wade Patterson Memorial Award

Established in 2003, the H. Wade Patterson Memorial Award is presented each year at the annual Health Physics Society meeting to recognize outstanding student presentations on accelerator health physics. The winner receives a check and plaque.

The award is a tribute to H. Wade Patterson (1924-1997), who was the first president of the Accelerator Section of the Health Physics Society and is generally regarded as the first professional accelerator health physicist. His work at Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories established him as one of the world's experts in shielding at high-energy accelerators. As a life-long educator and organizer of the first accelerator radiation protection training programs, Patterson is an apt role model for students aspiring to a career in accelerator health physics.

The following students have been honored to receive the H. Wade Patterson Memorial Award.

Lutz Moritz Memorial Award

Established in 2009, the Lutz Moritz Memorial Award is presented each year at the annual Health Physics Society meeting to recognize outstanding student presenations on accelerator health physics. The winner receives a check and plaque.

The award is a tribute to Lutz Moritz (1943-2008), who was a founding member of the Accelerator Section and served as president of the section in 1996. Lutz's distinguished career at TRIUMF, Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics, earned him an international reputation as Canada's foremost expert on accelerator radiation safety. He served on the board of the Canadian Radiation Protection Association and on many international review panels for important accelerator projects, including the Superconducting Super Collider, the CERN Large Hadron Collider, and the ORNL Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility. As a dedicated teacher and gifted researcher, Lutz will be remembered not only by those who knew him personally but also by the future generation of health physicists who will receive the Lutz Moritz Memorial Award.

The following students have been honored to receive the Lutz Moritz Memorial Award.

HPS Awards Sponsored by the Accelerator Section

Founders Award

Elda Anderson Award

Volunteer Award

Keith L. Heinzelman (left) is shown receiving the 2012 HPS Accelerator Section Volunteer Award from Northern California Chapter HPS President and HPS Accelerator Section Director Jack Topper (right) on May 17, 2012 at the NCC HPS's Spring Meeting at Scott's Seafood Restaurant, Oakland, CA. The caption on the certificate/plaque reads: 'The Accelerator Section of the Health Physics Society Recognizes Keith L. Heinzelman For Outstanding Volunteer Service in 2012 Within His Distinguished Capacity as Pro Tem Newsletter Editor.'
Photo courtesy of Quang Le (LBNL).