Title: Author, Physicist
Location: Lakewood Ranch, Florida, United States
James Marshall Smith, Author and Physicist has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in radiation biophysics.
Dr. Smith’s life changed when he was 12 years old and read the biography of Albert Einstein, piquing his interest in theoretical physics. Combining his interest in science with his passion for writing, Dr. Smith has been a leader in both fronts. Since 1990, he has served as the Chief of the Radiation Studies Branch from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Prior to this role, he utilized his skills and expertise as the Chief of Physical Agents Effects Branch for the NIOSH, as a research professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine, as a senior research fellow with the Institute of Molecular Biophysics with the Florida State University and as a physicist with the Residential College Adviser. As a writer, Dr. Smith has published a number of works. Since 1986, he has served as the associate editor of the Health Physics Journal and has authored or co-authored such works as “Hybrid” in 2017, “Silent Source” in 2016, “Prophylaxis Against Radiation Exposure from Radiodine,” among man other works.
In his academic pursuits, Dr. Smith first earned a Bachelor of Science in 1964, a Master of Science in 1966 and a PhD in 1966, all from West Virginia University. He has been certified through the American Board of Health Physics since 1981 and the recipient of numerous awards including the U.S. Public Health Service Award and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a NASA fellow from 1964 to 1967 and a finalist of the Clive Cussler Grand Master Award and the William Faulkner/Wisdom Award. Out of all his achievements, Dr. Smith considers a private conversation he had with Dr. Stephen Hawking in 2005 as the highlight of his career. Looking toward the future, he endeavors to continue working in the field and finding ways on how to best respond to nuclear terrorism and the rapidly developing fields of quantum computing and information processing.
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