July 1999

ORNL People
Rafael Perez, of the Instrumentation and Controls Division’s Advanced Nuclear Measurements group, has won the American Nuclear Society’s Eugene P. Wigner Award in Reactor Physics. The award was established in 1990 by the ANS to honor physicists who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the field of reactor physics. The first two Wigner award winners, in 1990 and 1991, were Eugene Wigner and Alvin Weinberg.

Tom Row, assistant to the Lab director, has received a presidential citation from the American Nuclear Society for his 40 years of work with the society. Row’s activities with the ANS range from its Power Division shortly after he joined in 1959 to a more recent post as chair of the Operations and Power Division Program Committee. Much of Row’s ANS work has been related to nuclear safety. In the 1970s he caused a stir by inviting nuclear plant opponents to discuss differences at an ANS conference “Intervenor’s Point of View” session in San Francisco. Alvin Weinberg participated in the panel discussion, which packed the auditorium and ran past closing time. “We had a great time and reflect on that session when we talk about the good old days,” Row says. “ANS has been my window to the rest of the nuclear community—those who build power plants, maintain them, and all of the other nuclear science and technology that I do not encounter in daily work at ORNL. I have met and worked with a lot of interesting people from all over the world.”