Covington Who's Who Selects Leonard W. Gray as a Professional of the Year Member of the Executive and Professional Registry

Top Quote Leonard W. Gray, Retired Research Associate for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been selected as a Professional of the Year Member of the Covington Who's Who Executive and Professional Registry. The selection recognizes Leonard W. Gray's commitment to excellence in Nuclear Forensics. End Quote
  • San Francisco, CA (1888PressRelease) May 10, 2014 - Leonard W. Gray, who holds a BS in Chemistry and Mathematics from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and an MS in Inorganic Chemistry from Texas Technological College, first got started in his field after landing a position with Du Pont at the Savannah River Plant, a Department of Energy Plutonium and Tritium Production Plant. Three years later he returned to school to earn his PhD in Chemistry at the University of South Carolina. After finishing his degree and going back to work for Du Pont at the Savannah River Laboratory, and with the guidance of mentors from across the nuclear weapons complex, Dr. Gray established himself as a world renowned researcher in plutonium aqueous processing and chemical forensics, publishing extensively and speaking across the US and Europe.

    Dr. Gray went on to work for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as lead scientist for plutonium chemistry and engineering for the Plutonium Laser Isotope Separations Program and later as chief scientist for the US-Russian Plutonium Disposition/Immobilization Program, which had him traveling to Australia, Russia, and the UK. Upon retirement, he was asked to return to the LLNL to document his knowledge of plutonium processing worldwide in order to mentor young scientists and act as a Plutonium Processing Subject Matter Expert for several Department of Energy programs and for the National Technical Nuclear Forensic Center (NTNFC), which is a portion of the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Gray currently serves as the chairman of the Plutonium Experts Panel for NTNFC, where he advises on the execution of a multiyear program to discover and define nuclear forensic signatures to determine the source of origin of clandestine nuclear samples.

    "With only a sixth grade education and no formal education in science, my father taught me not only a strong work ethic but also the basis of the scientific principle and experimentation," Dr. Gray said. "But it primarily my curiosity, willingness to listen and question my mentors, think outside the box, and my willingness to have my experiments fail that led to my successes."

    Dr. Gray is a member of American Nuclear Society, Actinides Separation Conference, and American Chemical Society. He earned numerous awards, including a 1987 Award of Excellence for Significant Contributions to the Nuclear Weapons Program from the Director of Military Applications, US DOE, a 2002 Glenn T. Seaborg Actinide Separations Award from the Actinide Separations Conference Board of Directors, and a 2005 LLNL Chemistry and Materials Science Associate Directors Award. He was also recently awarded his 50-year service pin with the American Chemical Society.

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