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Bernard Leonard Cohen



June 14, 1924 – March 17, 2012

Authorized Form of Name

Cohen, Bernard Leonard, 1924-

Additional Forms of Names

Cohen, B. L.

Cohen, Bernard L., 1924-

Cohen, Bernard L. (Bernard Leonard), 1924-



Bernard Cohen was a Professor Emeritus of Physics at University of Pittsburgh (1994-2012). His other institutional affiliations included Carnegie Institute of Technology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is best known for his research on radiation risks and radioactive waste.

Important Dates

June 14, 1924Birth, Pittsburgh (Pa.).

1944Obtained BS, Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland (Ohio).

1947 – 1949Assistant, Carnegie Institute of Technology.

1948Obtained MS, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh (Pa.).

1950Obtained PhD in Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (Calif.).

1950 – 1966Physicist and Group Leader (1950-1958) and Consultant (1958-1966), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge (Tenn.).

1958 – 2012Associate Professor (1958-1961); Professor of Physics (1961-1994); and Professor Emeritus of Physics (1994-2012), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh (Pa.).

1959 – 1960Consultant, General Atomics (GA).

1959 – 1961Consultant, Nuclear Science Engineering Corporation.

1962Consultant, Institute for Defense Analyses.

1965 – 1978Director, Scaife Nuclear Physics Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh (Pa.).

1971 – 1975Member, Executive Committee (1971-1973) and Chair, Division of Nuclear Physics (1974-1975), American Physical Society.

1973 – 1976Member, National Council, American Association of Physics Teachers.

1974 – 1975Visiting Staff Member, Institute for Energy Analysis, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

1976 – 1978Consultant, United States General Accounting Office.

1978 – 1979Visiting Staff Member, Argonne National Laboratory.

1978 – 1980Consultant, McGraw-Hill Energy Systems.

1980 – 1981Chair, Division of Environmental Sciences, American Nuclear Society.

1981Awarded Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics, American Physical Society.

1988 – 1994Member, Committee on Risk Assessment, Health Physics Society.

March 17, 2012Death, Pittsburgh (Pa.).


Nuclear physicist.



Pittsburgh (Pa.)

Undergraduate Education

Cleveland (Ohio)

Graduate Education

Pittsburgh (Pa.)

Pasadena (Calif.)


Oak Ridge (Tenn.)

Pittsburgh (Pa.)


Pittsburgh (Pa.)



Nuclear energy.

Nuclear physics.




Biondi, Manfred Anthony, 1924-

Both employed at University of Pittsburgh.

Creutz, E.

Both employed at Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Donahue, Thomas M.

Both employed at University of Pittsburgh.

Fletcher, James Chipman, 1919-1991

Both employed at University of Pittsburgh.

Holstein, Theodore David, 1915-1985

Both employed at University of Pittsburgh.

Rostoker, Norman

Both employed at Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Seitz, Frederick, 1911-2008

Both employed at Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Stern, Otto, 1888-1969

Both employed at Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Wolfenstein, L. (Lincoln)

Both employed at Carnegie Institute of Technology.


Born, Max, 1882-1970


Major Positions

Argonne National Laboratory

Visiting Staff Member.

Carnegie Institute of Technology. Department of Physics


Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Consultant; Physicist; Group Leader, Institute for Energy Analysis; and Visiting Staff Member.

University of Pittsburgh. Department of Physics

Obtained MS (1948). Associate Professor; Professor of Physics; Professor Emeritus of Physics; and Director, Scaife Nuclear Physics Laboratory.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Association of Physicists in Medicine

American Association of Physics Teachers

Member, National Council.

American Nuclear Society

Chair, Division of Environmental Sciences.

American Physical Society

Member, Executive Committee; Chair, Division of Nuclear Physics; and received 1981 Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics.

California Institute of Technology. Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy

Obtained PhD (Physics) in 1950.

Case Institute of Technology

Obtained BS in 1944.

GA (Series) (San Diego, Calif.)


Health Physics Society

Member, Committee on Risk Assessment.

Institute for Defense Analyses


McGraw-Hill Energy (Firm)


Nuclear Science Engineering Corporation


United States. General Accounting Office



Archival Resources


AAPM interviews with physicists in medicine [videorecordings], 1990-2014.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources


Before it's too late : a scientist's case for nuclear energy / Bernard L. Cohen.

Concepts of nuclear physics [by] Bernard L. Cohen.

The heart of the atom; the structure of the atomic nucleus [by] Bernard L. Cohen.

The nuclear energy option : an alternative for the 90s / Bernard L. Cohen.