Title: (Retired) Nuclear Scientist, Federal Official
Location: District of Columbia, United States
George Cunningham, Retired Nuclear Scientist and Federal Official, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nuclear science and industrial administration.
Dr. Cunningham started his higher education at the University of Tennessee, earning a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in 1954 and a Master of Science in metallurgy in 1955. He continued his education at Ohio State University, earning a PhD in 1960. After working as an engineer at Battelle Memorial Institute, Dr. Cunningham started working at the Atomic Energy Commission. He rose to the rank of assistant director of engineering before his departure from the company, and started working for the Department of Energy as the program director for nuclear energy in 1977. He served as the counselor on atomic energy for the U.S. mission to the International Atomic Energy Association in Vienna, and also worked as the assistant secretary for nuclear energy. In 1981, Dr. Cunningham started as the director of nuclear studies at Mitre Corp., and rose to the rank of the director of the Mitre Institute in 1984.
In 1990, Dr. Cunningham became the technical director for the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, where he worked for a decade before his retirement. From 2000 to 2004, he was a consultant in the field. Through his career, he contributed a variety of articles to professional journals, reached the rank of distinguished executive, and was awarded the Senior Executive Service Award by President Bill Clinton. Dr. Cunningham is also a member of the American Society of Metals. As a testament to his stature and success in the field of nuclear science, he served on the U.S.-USSR Coordinating Committee on Fast Reactors in 1976, the U.S. Fast Breeder Reactor Team in 1971, and was the American delegate to the International Working Group on Fast Reactors in 1976.
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