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Thomas H. Pigford

Thomas H. PigfordAKA Thomas Harrington Pigford

Born: 21-Apr-1922
Birthplace: Meridian, MS
Died: 27-Feb-2010
Location of death: Oakland, CA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Engineer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Nuclear chemical engineer

Military service: US Navy (WWII)

Founding chair of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. Member of the federal commissions that investigated Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and the Hanford nuclear site, and the proposed nuclear waste dumping ground at Yucca Mountain.

Father: Lamar Pigford
Mother: Zula Pigford
Brother: Robert Pigford (engineer, b. 1911, d. 1988)
Sister: Mary Smyser
Wife: Catherine Kennedy Cathey (d. 1992, two daughters)
Daughter: Cynthia Pigford Naylor
Daughter: Julie Pigford Earnest
Wife: Elizabeth Hood Weekes ("Betty", m. 1994)

    University: BS Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (1943)
    University: SM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1948)
    University: ScD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1952)
    Professor: Nuclear and Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1955-59)
    Professor: Nuclear Engineering, University of California at Berkeley (1959-91)
    Administrator: Chair of Nuclear Engineering Dept., University of California at Berkeley (three times)

    American Institute of Chemical Engineers
    American Nuclear Society Co-Founder, Fellow
    General Atomic Founding staff member (1957-59)
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1950-52)
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Senior Scientist
    National Academy of Engineering 1976
    Risk Factors: Parkinson's

Author of books:
Nuclear Chemical Engineering (1958, with Manson Benedict)


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