Lauriston S. Taylor (1 June 1902 – 26 November 2004) was an American physicist known for his work in the field of radiation protection and measurement.[2]


He established standards for X-ray radiation exposure for the first time in the 1920s, which eventually led to a group of government organizations that set the standards over the next 50 years. Taylor remained active in debates about radiation exposure into his 80s, often advocating the viewpoint that small doses of radiation were not important.

He served as president of the Health Physics Society (HPS) from 1958 to 1959. He was a recipient of the Medal of Freedom, and the Presidential Bronze Star (then the highest military award that could be given to a civilian).[3]
Vignettes of early radiation workers

In 1977 the Food and Drug Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiated a series of 25 recorded interviews with early radiation workers to provide an historical overview of their research and discoveries primarily in the fields of medical physics, radiation, and radiobiology. Lauriston S. Taylor moderated the series and also was an interview subject.[4]
Interview subjects

Howard Andrews
Walter Binks, physicist and specialist in radiology
Carl Bjorn Braestrup
Austin M. Brues, physician National Research Council
Robley Evans
George Henny
Paul Henshaw, physician National Research Council
Norman Hilberry, "Mr. Scram", axe man at the first chain reaction for Chicago Pile 1, Director of Argonne National Laboratory, 1957-1961
Lillian E. Jacobson, Physicist, Radiotherapy Department and Laboratory Division of Montefiore Hospital, New York
Harold E. Johns, Canadian medical physicist
George Laurence, Canadian nuclear physicist
John H. Lawrence, American physicist and physician, nuclear medicine pioneer
Herbert M. Parker, English born, American pioneer in medical radiation therapy and radiation safety
Sir Edward Eric Pochin, British physician, specialist in ionizing radiation safety
Edith Quimby, American medical researcher and physicist, pioneer in nuclear medicine
John E. Rose, health physicist
Roberts Rugh, Department of Radiology, Columbia University, directed research on the effects of ionizing radiation, served as senior medical consultant
Eric E. Smith, British specialist in the field of ionizing radiation
James Newell Stannard, radiobiologist, Pharmacologist and Physiologist at the National Institutes of Health
Lauriston Sale "Laurie" Taylor
E. Dale Trout, radiologist, Professor Emeritus of Radiological Physics, Oregon State University
John G. Trump, American high-voltage engineer and physicist
John Austin "Jack" Victoreen, self-taught radio engineer, pioneer of radiation detection instruments
Samuel Reid Warren Jr., professor in electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and radiation physicist
Shields Warren, pioneer pathologist and expert in medical radiation
Marvin Martin Dixon Williams, pioneer in medical physics, head of physics at the Mayo Clinic
Harold O. Wyckoff, pioneer in measurement of radiation and radiation protection standards

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Holley, Joe (December 14, 2004). "Physicist Lauriston S. Taylor Dies". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 2, 2023.
Linton, Otha (July 1, 2007). "Lauriston S. Taylor". Journal of the American College of Radiology. 4 (7): 503–504. doi:10.1016/j.jacr.2007.01.019 – via
Health Physics Society, In Memoriam: Lauriston S. Taylor. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
Taylor, Lauriston S. (Lauriston Sale); Sauer, Kelly G; Center for Devices and Radiological Health (U.S.) (1984), Vignettes of early radiation workers : transcripts of the videotape series, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health

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