Gold Medal for Radiation Protection awarded to American researcher Dale L. Preston

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Gold Medal for Radiation Protection to the biostatistician Dr. Dale L. Preston, Eureka, CA, USA for his significant and durable contributions to studies of radiation health effects during more than 35 years.

Dale Preston is a major contributor to a number of studies of radiation effects, including the atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Mayak worker and Techa river cohorts in the Southern Urals of the Russian Federation, and X-ray technologists in the United States of America.

Among his many achievements, he has developed risk regression models and modeling software that are widely used in radiation epidemiology and has taken a leading role in the scientific reports on the radiation effects in the survivor cohorts.

Dr. Preston has served as a consultant for the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) and the US National Academic of Sciences Committee on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation. He served as a member of Committee 1 of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). In 2017 Dr. Preston was awarded the Failla Memorial Lecture Award by Radiation Research Society (RRS) in recognition of his contributions to radiation research.

Read more about Dale Preston on National Council of Radiation Protection and Measurements website