Last updated on: 12/31/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Bernard L. Cohen, DSc Biography

Title:
Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Pittsburgh
Position:
Pro to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“If I were to return to Earth thousands of years from now, long after fossil fuels are gone, I would not be surprised to see nuclear reactors generating base load power and photovoltaics providing the intermediate and peak loads.”

The Nuclear Energy Option, 1990

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor Emeritus, Physics, University of Pittsburgh, 1994-present
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering
  • Recipient, American Nuclear Society Special Award, Health Effects of Radiation, 1996
  • Professor of Physics, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Petroleum Engineering, Radiation Health, and Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh, 1958-1994
  • Recipient, American Physical Society, Bonner Prize for Nuclear Physics, 1981
  • Chairman, American Nuclear Society, Division of Environmental Sciences,1980-1981
  • Employee, Argonne National Laboratory, 1978-1979
  • Director, Scaife Nuclear Laboratory, 1965-1978
  • Chairman, American Physical Society, Division of Nuclear Physics, 1974-1975
  • Employee, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, 1969
  • Employee, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1965
  • Employee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1964
  • President, Physical Society of Pittsburgh, 1963-1964
  • Employee, Institute for Defense Analysis, 1962
  • Group Leader for Cyclotron Research, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1950-1958
Education:
  • DSc (Doctor of Science), Carnegie-Mellon University, 1950
  • MS, University of Pittsburgh, 1947
  • BS, Case-Western Reserve University, 1944
Other:
  • Author of about 300 articles in scientific journals
  • Author of over 80 articles in other journals and books
  • Speaker at about 500 invited talks at universities, laboratories, etc
Quoted in:
  1. Is Nuclear Power Safe for Humans and the Environment?