Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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ORNL researcher receives international acclaim

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 24, 1996 — Dr. Rufus H. Ritchie, a retired senior corporate fellow and guest assignee in the Health Sciences Research Division of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has been named to the Iberdrol a Chair in Spain.

Iberdrola, a major power company in Spain, recently established this chair at the Basque Country University in San Sebastian, Spain, to promote university research. Ritchie was chosen for the honor due to his expertise in physics, amassed during more than 45 years at ORNL. Ritchie will be collaborating with university professors in San Sebastian in research on condensed matter physics, as well as lecturing there several months per year.

In addition, Ritchie was recently designated a senior fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. During the tenure of this fellowship, he will be traveling to Japan to lecture on topics in radiation physics and to confer with university researchers in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo.

Prior to joining ORNL's Health Physics Division in 1949, Ritchie received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's in physics from the University of Kentucky in 1947 and 1949, respectively. He received a doctorate in physics from the University of Tennessee in 1959.

Ritchie is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Radiation Research Society. He is also a member of the board of directors for Pellissippi International Inc.

Ritchie was named a corporate fellow in 1979 and senior corporate fellow in 1990. He received the Jesse W. Beams Award for Excellence in research in 1984 and has been the recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation and NATO and fellowships for research at Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge. In 1992, he was awarded the honorary degree, Doctor Honoris Causa, by the University of Basque in Spain.

Ritchie has been a Ford Foundation Professor of Physics at the University of Tennessee since 1965 and a visiting professor at Odense University and Aarhus University, both in Denmark; Bhabha Atomic Research Center in Bombay, New York University and the University of Kentucky.

Ritchie's work has appeared in more than 250 open literature publications in physics and radiation physics.

Ritchie lives in Oak Ridge with his wife, Dorothy. They have two children.

ORNL, one of DOE's multiprogram national research and development facilities, is managed by Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corp.