Colloquium: 2018-02-06

Frontiers of Space Radiation

John Norbury

February 6, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. in the Pearl Young Theater
(video within Langley firewall only)


The harmful effects of space radiation are a major concern for human deep space missions beyond low Earth orbit. This talk will begin with an introduction to space radiation issues and will discuss radiation received as one moves from Earth out into deep space, including aircraft, Lunar and Martian missions and beyond. The talk will conclude with a discussion of possible long-term solutions to the space radiation problem.


John W. Norbury is Lead Research Physicist in the Space Radiation Group at NASA Langley Research Center. He holds Bachelor and Master degrees in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Melbourne (Australia) and a Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics from the University of Idaho (USA). He has held positions as Professor of Physics and Physics Department Chair at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. From 1998 to 2000 he served as Director of the NASA Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, and from 2014 to 2016 he served as Scientific Director of the NASA Space Radiation Summer School held at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He has published approximately 100 papers in externally refereed journals and has supervised seven doctoral dissertations. In 2004, he received the Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. In 2016, he was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, and in 2017 he was inducted into the University of Idaho Hall of Fame; he is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.