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July 2022

Pete Burgess
Radiation Measurement Advisor at Radiation Metrology Ltd


After an undistinguished degree in Natural Philosophy at Aberdeen University, Pete completed an MSc in Radiobiology at London University.  In 1975 he joined the National Radiological Protection Board’s Health Physics Instruments Group, and was eventually appointed Group Leader. Mostly it was great fun. Pete joined UKAEA in 2002 as the company’s Radiation Measurement and Metrology Advisor.  He moved to NPL in 2006, as Knowledge Leader for the Radioactivity and Neutrons Group.  Then in 2008, to Nuvia as Principal Consultant for Radiation Metrology. In 2014, he decided to set up on his own and is now (all of) Radiation Metrology Ltd and is enjoying doing interesting things without commercial oversite

Pete’s primary interests have been radiation measurements for operational and waste assessment purposes; instruments and instrument testing. Career highlights include radiation monitoring in the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear accident; designing the detector for the Thermo Electronic Personal Dosimeter and playing a significant role in making it market-ready; carrying out delicensing reviews for the NII; advising on radiation measurements for the Clearance and Exemption Working Group and the International Atomic Energy Authority.  Other topics include submarine reactor compartments, coal wagons and fishermen’s testes.

Agenda Sessions

  • Understanding Instrument Selection

  • Practical Application of Instrument Selection

  • Emergencies and Contingency Planning

  • Interactive Exercise: Emergency and Contingency Planning