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Archival as AuthorPublished as Subject

Norman C. Rasmussen

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Dates

November 12, 1927 – July 18, 2003

Authorized Form of Name

Rasmussen, Norman C.

Additional Forms of Names

Rasmussen, N. C. (Norman C.)

Biography

Abstract

Norman Rasmussen was McAfee Professor of Nuclear Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (1983-1994). His early research was in radiation detection, including activation analysis, low-level counting techniques, and gamma-ray spectroscopy. Later, Rasmussen wrote the 1975 Reactor Safety Study, which studied the public risk of nuclear power plants and applied the probabilistic appraoch to risk assessment to the nuclear industry for the first time.

Important Dates

November 12, 1927Birth, Harrisburg (Pa.).

1950Obtained BA, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg (Pa.).

1956Obtained PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge (Mass.).

1956 – 2003Instructor of Physics (1956-1958); Assistant Professor to Professor of Nuclear Engineering (1958-1983); Head, Department of Nuclear Engineering (1975-1981); McAfee Professor of Nuclear Engineering (1983-1994); and Emeritus Professor of Nuclear Engineering (1994-2003), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge (Mass.).

1972 – 1982Consultant, United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

1973 – 1993Consultant, Cabot Corporation.

1974 – 1977Member, Defense Science Board, United States Department of Defense.

1976 – 1984Consultant, EG&G Idaho, Inc..

1977 – 1984Consultant, Nuclear Utilities Services Corporation.

1979Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1982 – 1988Member, National Science Board.

1985Awarded Enrico Fermi Award, United States Department of Energy.

July 18, 2003Death, Concord (Mass.).

Occupation

Nuclear engineer.

Places

Birth

Harrisburg (Pa.)

Undergraduate Education

Gettysburg (Pa.)

Graduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Employment

Cambridge (Mass.)

Death

Concord (Mass.)

Subjects

Gamma rays.

Nuclear energy.

Nuclear physics.

Radiation.

Relationships

People

Family

Rasmussen, Neil E.

Son.

Rasmussen, Thalia Tichenor

Wife. Married 1952.

Soule, Arlene Rasmussen

Daughter.

Colleagues

Bitter, Francis, 1902-1967

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Deutsch, Martin, 1917-2002

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Drell, Sidney D. (Sidney David), 1926-

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Enge, Harald A.

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Feshbach, Herman

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Haroche, S.

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Kraushaar, William L.

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Lee, P. A. (Patrick A.), 1946-

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Livingston, M. Stanley (Milton Stanley)

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Low, Francis E. (Francis Eugene), 1921-2007

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Morrison, Philip

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Morse, Philip M. (Philip McCord), 1903-1985

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Rossi, Bruno, 1905-1993

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Shull, Clifford Glenwood

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Slater, John C. (John Clarke), 1900-1976

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Stratton, Julius Adams, 1901-1994

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Weisskopf, Victor Frederick, 1908-2002

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Wiesner, Jerome B. (Jerome Bert), 1915-1994

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Zacharias, Jerrold Reinach, 1905-1986

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Institutions

Major Positions

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Nuclear Engineering

Assistant Professor to Professor; Department Head; McAfee Professor; and Emeritus Professor of Nuclear Engineering.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD (1956). Instructor.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Cabot Corporation

Consultant.

EG & G, Inc.

Consultant.

Gettysburg College

Obtained BA (1950).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

National Science Board (U.S.)

Member.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Consultant.

United States. Defense Science Board

Member.

United States. Department of Energy

Received 1985 Enrico Fermi Award.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Nuclear Engineering curriculum materials, 1952-1990.

Institute Archives and Special Collections

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.I.T. Libraries, Rm. 14N-118, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Norman C. Rasmussen papers, 1956-1995.

Institute Archives and Special Collections

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.I.T. Libraries, Rm. 14N-118, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Published Resources

Subject

"Norman Carl Rasmussen: 1927-2003", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences.

Norman Carl Rasmussen Physics Today obituary.