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Albert C. Parr

Dr. Parr served as chief of the Optical Technology Division for over 15 years and retired in 2007. Division was merged with other NIST elements and is now the Sensor Science Division. His research interests included radiometry, photometry, spectrophotometry and applications of synchrotron radiation to study atomic and molecular photoionization processes.

Dr. Parr is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the SPIE and Optical Society of America and is a fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences. When working at NIST he was active in the Council for Optical Radiation Measurements and activities of the BIPM related to radiometry and photometry. Dr. Parr received the Department of Commerce Gold and Bronze awards during his career at NIST.

Professional Experience:

1991 to 2007 Chief, Optical Technology Division at NIST. Retired from this position in March 2007.
1986 to 1991 Leader, Spectral Radiometry Group in Radiometric Physics Division at NIST.
1980 to 1986 Physicist in Radiation Physics Division at NIST.
1971 to 1980 Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Albert Parr


Sensor Science Division

Employment History:

1980-present, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD

1971-1980, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Ph.D. Physics, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

M.S. Physics, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

B.S. Physics and Mathematics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


Phone: 301-975-3727
Email: albert.parr@nist.gov