William F. "Bill" Morgan
Dr. William Morgan, an eminent scientist and the Director of Radiation Biology and Biophysics in the Biological Sciences Division of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, died Friday evening, November 13th 2015 at the Kadlec Medical Center near his home in Richland, Washington of pulmonary embolism. He was 62.
Dr. Morgan, or Bill to many of his friends, was a leading figure in the study of the biological effects of ionizing radiation and had a distinguished career that spanned over 35 years. Bill was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, and after receiving his doctoral degree in cytogenetics from the University of Canterbury he came to the United States for a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His career then skyrocketed, where he joined the faculty at UCSF and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In 1999, he left California to become Director of the Radiation Oncology Research Laboratory at the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore. In 2008, Bill moved to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and took on his leadership role until his untimely death.
Bill's research focused on elucidating the long-term biological effects of ionizing radiation and, more specifically, on the study of low dose effects on human health. He was highly regarded by his peers, had received many awards and recognitions and has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed journal articles. Bill was a tireless advocate for radiation research, and a tremendous mentor to students and junior faculty. His energy, wisdom and zest for life have left a lasting and positive footprint on our world. Bill will be forever appreciated and missed by his family and countless friends and colleagues.
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