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Larry Howard Toburen, PhD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Toburen has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of physics and higher education

    HANSVILLE, WA, January 12, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Larry Howard Toburen, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Toburen celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Recognized as a professor emeritus in the department of physics, Dr. Toburen spent 15 years at East Carolina University (ECU), retiring in 2010. In addition to teaching courses, he was the director of graduate studies in physics between 2000 and 2006 and director of the Accelerator Laboratory from 1995 to 2002. He also served on multiple committees on campus. The department of physics at ECU is notably comprised of extensive research associated with biological phenomena and the medical practice. Previously, Dr. Toburen gained expertise in the classroom as first an affiliate assistant professor and then as an affiliate associate Professor of radiological sciences at the University of Washington for nearly a decade between 1982 and 1993, he also served as an adjunct lecturer of environmental science at the Tri-Cities campus of Washington State University from 1990 to 1993.

Apart from his academic appointments at ECU, Dr. Toburen was a senior program officer at the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences in Washington from 1993 to 1995. He was also a staff scientist and manager of the radiation physics and chemistry section at the Battelle Northwest Laboratory in Richland, Washington, from 1980 to 1993, after serving 13 years as a senior research scientist at the Laboratory between 1967 and 1980. Dr. Toburen also had the opportunity to serve as a guest scientist in 1980 at the Hahn-Meitner Institute in Berlin, where he conducted investigation of the effects of screening by projectile electrons in collisions of partially stripped ions with atoms and molecules. He served in the same capacity in 1988 at the Institute for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt, Germany, conducting measurements of the radial distribution of ionization around fast heavy ions in tissue-like media.

Dr. Toburen was the principal investigator of a radiation physics project at Pacific Northwest Laboratory between 1978 and 1993, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. He was also a principal investigator for U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored programs in atomic cross sections for fusion plasma diagnostics, where, between 1982 and 1985, he studied single and double electron transfer cross sections for interactions of alpha particles with alkali atoms.

As a seasoned scientist, Dr. Toburen has contributed approximately 100 articles and manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He also participated in many invited presentations and contributed talks at national and international conferences. In November 2010, he was notably a keynote lecturer at the Medical Radiation Physics Conference at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

Dr. Toburen was born in Clay Center, Kansas. He achieved a Bachelor of Arts locally at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, in 1962, followed by a Doctor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1968.

An elected fellow of the American Physical Society, Dr. Toburen is also a respected member of several other significant professional organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Radiation Research Society and the Health Physics Society. Furthermore, Dr. Toburen was also a contributing member of a committee of the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements that was responsible for writing and publishing "Secondary Electron Spectra from Charged Particle Interactions" in 1996, and a member of the coordinated research program of the International Atomic Energy Agency, that wrote and published "Atomic and Molecular Data for Radiotherapy and Radiation Research" in 1999.

Dr. Toburen secured several grants that exceeded $2 million from the National Cancer Institute, NASA's Office of Biological and Physical Research, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Selected for several awards, he was named One of Outstanding Men in 1972. He was later honored with a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Emporia State University in 1989, a Director's Award for Excellence from the U.S. Department of Energy, Pacific Northwest Laboratory, in 1992, and a Staff Performance Award from the National Research Council, Commission on Life Sciences, in 1992, and was awarded fellowship from the American Physical Society in 1984. A celebrated Marquis listee, Dr. Toburen has been cited in over 10 editions of Who's Who, including Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, and Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

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