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Richard Cheverton wins 1995 Reactor Technology Award

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 13, 1995 — Richard D. Cheverton, a retired consultant to the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is the recipient of the American Nuclear Society 's (ANS) 1995 Reactor Technology Award.

Cheverton received bachelor 's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He received additional academic training in nuclear engineering at the Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology.

Cheverton joined ORNL in 1953. During the following four decades, he led numerous research, design and development teams for nuclear reactor technology. Cheverton and his colleagues are credited with designing the core of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR). The primary purpose of the HFIR is to produce transplutonium isotopes such as californium-252, which is used in cancer treatments.

Cheverton is the author of more than 100 reports and papers on his work in nuclear science; he presented many of them at conferences sponsored by the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the American Nuclear Society and several other organizations involved in nuclear research. He holds one patent and he has applied for two others related to the design of the HFIR core.

The ANS presented its award to Cheverton for outstanding contributions to the advancement of reactor technology. The ANS is a international non-profit organization of engineers, scientists, educators and other people with nuclear related interests. Its purpose is to advance engineering and science, encourage research in those areas, establish scholarships and disseminate information.

Cheverton, a resident of Knoxville, consults with ORNL on a regular basis.

ORNL, one of DOE's multiprogram national research and development facilities, is managed by Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, which also manages the Oak Ridge K-25 Site and the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant.