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Health Physics Society
United States
Official language
AffiliationsInternational Radiation Protection Association

The Health Physics Society (HPS) is a nonprofit scientific professional organization whose mission is excellence in the science and practice of radiation safety. It is based in the United States and the specific purposes of the society's activities include encouraging research in radiation science, developing standards, and disseminating radiation safety information. Society members are involved in understanding, evaluating, and controlling potential risks from radiation relative to the benefits.

The Society was formed in 1955, with an organizational meeting in June, 1955 at Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio. As of 2013, the membership consists of approximately 5,500 scientists, physicians, engineers, and other professionals. The headquarters are in McLean, VA. The society is an affiliate of the American Institute of Physics.[1]


It publishes Health Physics since 1958, a peer-reviewed scientific journal; Health Physics News for material of interest to members, and Operational Radiation Safety. It operates a public information website, "Radiation Answers", and has begun a series of special publications (The first, Radiation and Risk: Expert Perspectives was published in March 2012.)[2]

It holds its annual meeting in July, and a mid-year meeting in January or February.[3]

The society's archives are held at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.[3]


The society has 37 geographically based chapters, all in the United States, except for one chapter in the Georgian Republic[4] and one in Taiwan; there are 8 Sections on special interests.[3]



The first annual meeting was held in 1956 at the University of Michigan[3] and these meetings have been held every year since in different US cities.


A new national scientific organization for health physicists was founded at a 3-day health physics conference at Ohio State University on 14 June 1955.[5] The organization was temporarily named "Health Physics Society", and Karl Z. Morgan of the Health Physics Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory was elected interim president. Other interim officers were Frederick P. Cowan (vice president) and Elda E. Anderson (secretary-treasurer).

Presidents of the Health Physics Society

See also


  1. ^ "Member Societies". 4 March 2013.
  2. ^ Joxel Garcia; Howard Dickson; Richard Vetter; Louis Wagner; Kathryn Higley; Bernard Cohen; Robert Peter Gale; Robert Emery (2013). Radiation and Risk: Expert Perspectives (SP001 - 0) (PDF). Health Physics Society. p. 60. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Baes, Fred. "". Health Physics Society.
  4. ^ "Georgian Health Physics Association". Georgian Health Physics Association.
  5. ^ w. l, S. (15 July 1955). "News of Science". Science. 122 (15 July 1955): 112–117. Bibcode:1955Sci...122..112W. doi:10.1126/science.122.3159.112. PMID 17751437.
  6. ^ "Human Radiation Studies: Remembering the Early, Oral History of Merril Eisenbud". 1995-01-26. Retrieved 2023-10-19.
  7. ^ "In Memoriam: John A. Auxier". Health Physics Society. Retrieved 2023-10-20.
  8. ^ "HPS's Eric Goldin: On health physics". Retrieved 2023-10-20.
  9. ^ "Meet Incoming President Elizabeth Brackett". Health Physics Society. Retrieved 2023-10-20.