Samuel Aronson

Director, Brookhaven National Laboratory  

The Board of Directors of Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) named Dr. Samuel Aronson as the Director of Brookhaven National Lab in 2006. BSA manages BNL for the U.S. Department of Energy. DOE also approved Dr. Aronsonís candidacy

Aronson, a physicist, previously managed Brookhaven National Laboratoryís largest directorate since his appointment to the ALD position in April 2005, overseeing the operation of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and the Laboratoryís Physics Department. Prior to that, he was chair of the Physics Department. 

Biographical Information

Aronson earned an A.B. in physics from Columbia University in 1964, and a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University in 1968. From 1968 to 1977, he held research and academic positions at the University of Chicagoís Enrico Fermi Institute for Nuclear Studies and the University of Wisconsin. His research career is focused on experimental elementary particle physics and nuclear physics.

Aronson joined Brookhaven National Laboratory in 1978. He was appointed deputy chair of the Physics Department in 1988. In 1991, Aronson relinquished this position and, as a senior physicist, served as the director of the PHENIX detector project during the construction of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, before becoming chair of Physics in 2001. He became Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear and Particle Physics in 2005 and Laboratory Director and President of Brookhaven Science Associates in 2006.

Aronson is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a member and past Chair of the DOE National Laboratory Directors Council and has served as a member of the Councilís Executive Committee. He has served as a member of the Governorís Industry-Higher Education Task Force and on national review boards in Canada, Sweden and Germany. He currently serves as a board member on the Stony Brook Foundation, the Long Island Association, Accelerate Long Island, the New York State Smart Grid Consortium, the Stony Brook University Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, the Long Island High Technology Incubator, the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program and the Governorís Regional Economic Development Council for Long Island. In 2012 he was inducted into the Long Island Technology Hall of Fame and named Lab Director of the Year by the Federal Laboratory Consortium. In July 2012 he was elected to serve as vice president of the American Physical Society (APS).

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Last Modified: October 12, 2012