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Mailed 10/10/95


Upton, NY -- David Rorer, a physicist who has worked for 20 years in Brookhaven National Laboratory's Reactor Division, has been named manager of that division. He succeeds Lance Junker, who has retired.

In his new position, Dr. Rorer is responsible for overseeing the operation and maintenance of Brookhaven's High Flux Beam Reactor (HFBR) and the Brookhaven Medical Research Reactor (BMRR). The Reactor Division has a staff of 130, more than double its size a decade ago.

Over 250 researchers from around the world conduct experiments in physics, materials science, biology and chemistry at the HFBR each year. The BMRR plays a vital role in the Laboratory's medical research and is currently being used for boron neutron capture therapy, a form of experimental treatment for brain-tumor patients.

Dr. Rorer said his main objective is to keep the reactors running safely and on schedule. "The staff is very competent and has learned to live with a lot of new government regulations in a very short time," he said. "It's a credit to them and to Lance Junker that we have had a whole year of operation without any deviation from our operating schedule, and with no significant shutdowns. They are all to be congratulated, and my goal is to repeat that achievement."

Dr. Rorer received a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1959, an M.S. from the University of Illinois in 1961, and a Ph.D. from Duke University in 1963. All his degrees are in physics.

After two years as a Duke research associate, Dr. Rorer came to Brookhaven in 1965 as a research associate in the Physics Department. He left Brookhaven in 1972 for the Long Island Lighting Company, where he worked as a reactor engineer, assessing safety and environmental factors during the building of the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant.

Back at Brookhaven in 1975, Dr. Rorer was promoted to physicist in the Reactor Division and became the division's research coordinator, responsible for overseeing installation and safety review of experiments. In 1980, he was made deputy manager of the Reactor Division, a position he held until his current appointment.

Brookhaven National Laboratory carries out basic and applied research in physical, biomedical and environmental sciences and in selected energy technologies. Associated Universities, Inc., a nonprofit research management organization, operates the Laboratory under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.


David Rorer resides in Port Jefferson, New York.