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André Bouville, Eminent Radiation Dosimetrist, Retires

March 2011 - Linkage Newsletter

André Bouville, Ph.D., head of the dosimetry unit in the Radiation Epidemiology Branch, retired in January after 26 years with NCI. Born in France, Dr. Bouville obtained his Ph.D. in physics at the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse in 1970. He was Scientific Secretary of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation from 1970 to 1972 and remained as a consultant to that committee until 2000. From 1972 to 1984, Dr. Bouville was employed in France by the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety, where he contributed to a number of environmental and dosimetric studies related to nuclear facilities.

Dr. Bouville joined NCI in 1984 as a senior radiation physicist and was involved in the estimation of radiation doses resulting from radioactive fallout from atmospheric nuclear weapons tests and the Chernobyl accident. He is recognized as a world-class leader in the field of radiation dosimetry, and his contributions to the estimation of radiation exposure in study populations have contributed enormously to the success of the NCI radiation epidemiology program. His major projects have included studies of thyroid disease among children exposed to radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl accident and leukemia among the cleanup workers, studies of populations exposed to nuclear weapons tests in the United States and the former Soviet Union, and a wide variety of other radiation research projects related to environmental and medical exposures. After retirement, Dr. Bouville plans to take an 80-day trip around the world and will return to DCEG on a part-time basis to complete projects and mentor junior scientists.