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Dr. John Cooper

Dr. John Cooper

Dr. John Cooper is Director of the Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (CRCE) within the Health Protection Agency (HPA), Chilton, Didcot, UK since 2009.

He studied biochemistry at the University of Sussex, graduating with a 1st class honours degree in 1970 and obtained a doctorate from the Oxford University in 1975.  After two years at Liverpool University working on glycoprotein biosynthesis, he joined the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) in 1977 working initially on the behaviour of inhaled and ingested radionuclides.  In 1990, he became Head of Department of Environmental Assessments and later Secretary to the NRPB Board for the two years prior to NRPB's assimilation into the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Dr. Cooper has worked in radiation protection for over 30 years with focus on protection of the public. He also has worked with the IAEA and the European Commission on a number of topics most notably exemption and clearance and was member of the European Commission's Article 37 Expert Group which reviews plans for the disposal of radioactive waste.

Dr. Cooper has been closely involved with the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) for over ten years; he was Vice-Chairman of ICRP's Committee 4 on Application of ICRP's recommendations before being appointed to its Main Commission in 2009. He contributed to the drafting of ICRP Publication 103 "The 2007 Recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection".

Dr. Cooper is heading the UK delegation to UNSCEAR since 2009.

Last updated: Tuesday, 8 May 2012