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ORNL's Fry has Radiation Research Society award renamed in his honor

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 28, 1997 — Michael Fry of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is having a research award renamed in his honor.

Members of the Radiation Research Society are changing the Radiation Research Society Research Award to the Michael Fry Research Award to recognize Fry's contributions to the society and to the field of radiation research.

Fry, who is a consultant in ORNL's biology division, served as head of Biology's Cancer Section from 1977 to 1991. He is editor-in-chief of the society's Radiation Research, a monthly journal featuring the latest research in radiation.

The award has been presented each year since 1969 to a 40-year-old (or younger) scientist whose research is deemed outstanding in the radiation sciences and is open to society as well as non-society members.

The Radiation Research Society is a 2,000-member organization founded in the early 1950s. Its purpose is to encourage the advancement of radiation research, facilitate cooperative research between science disciplines and promote education about radiation and related topics.

Before joining the lab, Fry had clinical appointments with the University of Dublin Medical School as assistant professor, Argonne National Laboratory as senior scientist and assistant director for carcinogenesis and the University of Chicago as professor in the Department of Radiology.

His list of honors includes the Lauriston S. Taylor Award, named for the first president of the National Council of Radiation Protection and Measurements, the Failla Award, presented by the society each year to the most distinguished lecturer and accomplished scientist at the Failla conference, and the Hartman Award for those involved in the 1995 Roentgen Centennial Celebration, which marked the 100th anniversary of X-rays.

Fry is a native of Ireland, where he attended the University of Dublin and received a bachelor's in 1946, two medical degrees three years later and a doctor of medicine degree in 1962.

He and his wife, Shirley, reside in Oak Ridge. They have three sons: Edward, 39, Peter, 37, and Patrick, 30.

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