Health Physics Society

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The Health Physics Society (HPS) is a nonprofit scientific professional organization whose mission is excellence in the science and practice of radiation safety. The specific purposes of the society's activities include encouraging research in radiation science, developing standards, and disseminating radiation safety information. Society members are involved in understanding, evaluating, and controlling potential risks from radiation relative to the benefits.

The Society was formed in 1955, with an organizational meeting in June, 1955 at Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio. As of 2013, the membership consists of approximately 5,500 scientists, physicians, engineers, and other professionals. The headquarters are in McLean, VA. The society is an affiliate of the American Institute of Physics.[1]


Health Physics, The Radiation Safety Journal  
Discipline Health physics
Edited by Michael T. Ryan
Publication details
Health Physics Society / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (United States)
Publication history
Frequency monthly
ISSN 0017-9078 (print)
1538-5159 (web)

It publishes Health Physics since 1958, a peer reviewed scientific journal; Health Physics News for material of interest to members, and Operational Radiation Safety. It operates a public information website, "Radiation Answers", and has begun a series of special publications (The first, Radiation and Risk: Expert Perspectives was published on March 2012.)[2]

It holds its annual meeting in July, and a mid-year meeting in January or February.[3]

The society's archives are held at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.[4]


Health Physics Society Awards[edit]

The Health Physics Society (HPS) holds an awards ceremony each year at its annual meeting. At this ceremony the HPS honors individuals who have been selected by the Awards Committee members to be recognized for accomplishments and actions that meet the criteria of one of the HPS awards established in the Rules of the Society.

The Awards Committee is composed of the president and the four most recent past presidents of the Society, with the immediate past president serving as chair of the committee.

Following is a description of each of the HPS awards with a list or link to the list of recipients of the award.


The society has 37 geographically based chapters, all in the United States, except for one chapter in the Georgian Republic[5] and one in Taiwan; there are 8 Sections on special interests.[6]


The First Annual Meeting was held in 1956 at the University of Michigan.[3]
The 57th Annual Meeting of the society was held at Sacramento, California on July 22–26, 2012.
The 58th was held July 7–11, 2013, in Madison, Wisconsin; the 59th is scheduled for Baltimore in 2014 and the 60th for Indianapolis in 2015.[7]

Midyear Topical Meetings

The 47th, Nuclear Power Radiation Safety: Learning from the Past to Protect the Future will be held 9–12 February 2014, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[7]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Foreword By Dr. Joxel Garcia, MD, MBA; Howard Dickson, Richard Vetter, Louis Wagner, Kathryn Higley, Bernard Cohen, Robert Peter Gale, Robert Emery (2013). Radiation and Risk: Expert Perspectives (SP001 - 0). Health Physics Society. p. 60. Retrieved Sep 2013. 
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  7. ^ a b "Health Physics Society Conferences and Meetings". Retrieved 5 September 2013. 

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