Company: Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Location: Columbia, Maryland, United States
Bruce Alan Drum, PhD, Physicist at U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Ophthalmology.
Dr. Drum has been working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 1994, and also worked as an independent vision consultant. He was interested in a science since a young age, and decided to be a physicist in his freshman year of high school, despite being unsure of what that meant. Through hard work, Dr. Drum was able to earn a BSc in physics from Ohio State University, and switched to biophysics for graduate school, earning a PhD in 1973. He is now an accomplished resource in the development of ophthalmic devices as well as models for human brightness perception and human color vision. He is also a Marquis Who’s Who Industry Expert, and a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award as well as an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
Known for his research on normal and abnormal vision and involvement with federal regulation of ophthalmic devices, Dr. Drum has received numerous recognitions from the FDA, including a 2011 Outstanding Service Award and several years of Group Recognition Awards. He was also instrumental in advancing spatial summation, as well as the development of national and international standards for ophthalmic devices in his role as organizer of numerous scientific color vision conferences. Dr. Drum has also taught as an assistant professor with the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University and with George Washington University. He was a co-founder of the Close Consulting Corporation, Vision Research Associates, Inc.
In his civic community, Dr. Drum is a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Federation of American Scientists, and the Planetary Society, among other scientific organizations. He is a frequent contributor to medical literature, and has been supported by grants from the National Eye Institute, affiliated with the National Institutes of Health. Professionally, Dr. Drum is a secretary-treasurer of the International Color Vision Society, secretary of the International Research Group for Color Deficiency for Americans, as well as a member of the Imaging and Perimetric Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the Optical Society of America. In addition to his own field, Dr. Drum enjoys astrophysics and cosmology.
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