Elected in 1978
“For contributions in nuclear engineering, especially physical principles and safety of nuclear power reactors and nuclear materials safeguards.”
COURTESY OF BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY SUBMITTED BY THE NAE HOME SECRETARY
HERBERT J. C. KOUTS, who joined Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) on July 1, 1950, and retired as a senior physicist on October 24, 1989, died at age 88 on January 7, 2008.
The long-term value of Kouts’s achievements was recognized in 2005 with the American Nuclear Society’s (ANS) George C. Laurence Award for “his pioneering contributions to advancing nuclear safety and his remarkable career of leadership in initiating, guiding and executing national and international programs of great and lasting importance.”
Kouts received a B.S. in mathematics in 1941 from Louisiana State University and, after service in the U.S. Air Force from 1942 to 1945, an M.S. from Louisiana State in physics in 1946. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University in 1952.
At BNL, Kouts’s first position was as an associate physicist heading the Reactor Shielding Group at the Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor, which operated until 1968. In 1952 he became head of the Experimental Reactor Physics Group, then headed the Reactor Physics Division in 1956. He received tenure in 1957.
In 1963, Kouts won the E. O. Lawrence Award from the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), an agency that evolved into U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He was cited “for