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Bruce Alan Drum Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Drum has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of visual psychophysics and visual optics

He evaluates new ophthalmic medical devices for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed in the U.S.

    COLUMBIA, MD, November 14, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to name Dr. Bruce Drum a Lifetime Achiever. An accomplished listee, Dr. Drum 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 based on current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all considered during the selection process.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Drum has served as a physicist for the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, Maryland and Silver Spring, Maryland; he evaluates new ophthalmic medical devices for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed in the U.S. Dr. Drum began his career pursuits after he graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a PhD in Biophysics in 1969 and in 1973, respectively. He later served the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University as a postdoctoral fellow from 1973 to 1974, and as an assistant professor from 1984 to 1991. From 1975 to 1984, he served as a research faculty member of the Ophthalmology Department at George Washington University.

Dr. Drum has established himself as a reputable member of his field through his research and contributions to visual optics and psychophysics. Some of his contributions include the development of models of human color vision and brightness perception. In addition to his career in academia, Dr. Drum has served as a vision consultant since 1985. He has published articles in professional journals, authored chapters in books, and edited proceedings to conferences.

Two significant achievements from Dr. Drum's research include his discovery of two components of achromatic brightness perception that correspond to two different neural pathways in the brain, and his discovery that short-wavelength-sensitive cone photoreceptors in the retina (traditionally thought to be responsible for the perception of the color blue) contribute in a complex manner to the perception of red, yellow, and green colors as well as to blue. He has also developed ophthalmic devices for the measurement and evaluation of the visual field and of electrical activity in the eye and brain. Dr. Drum is a member of the Imaging and Perimetry Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Optical Society of America, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He is also a member of the International Color Vision Society, where he served as a secretary and treasurer from 1985 to 1994, and has edited several proceedings from the society's meetings.

Dr. Drum has served his community by active participation in local athletic and musical organizations: during his children's school years, he served as a coach and performed various other official duties in the Soccer Association of Columbia, the Columbia Youth Basketball Association, and the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League, and he has been a member of the Central Maryland Chorale since 2002. He has also served the broader community as a member of the Federation of American Scientists, the Union of Concerned Scientists, The Planetary Society, the Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the National Park Foundation, and the Clinton Foundation.

Dr. Drum has received multiple awards and commendations for his contributions to his field. He received special recognition awards from the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the Food and Drug Administration in 1996, 1998, 2003, and 2004. The Food and Drug Administration also commended him with the Clear Science Communications Award in 2003, and the Outstanding Service Award in 2001 and 2011.

In addition to those accolades, Dr. Drum was also honored as a recipient of research grants from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health from 1975 to 1991. He has been featured in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and Who's Who in the World.

Dr. Drum is the son of Virgil and Clela Drum. He has been married to Pamela Joy Neff for 44 years. They have three children: River (Rachel), Kevin, and Erin. In his spare time, he enjoys running, singing, gardening, reading, cooking, and playing the piano.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Drum has been featured on the Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievers website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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