William L. McLaughlin received a B.S. in physics from Hampton-Sydney College in 1949. He was hired at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS, now the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST) in 1951 in the Radiological Equipment Section of the Radiation Physics Laboratory in the Atomic and Radiation Physics Division. From 1954-56, McLaughlin took military leave to serve with the Weapons Effects Section of the U.S. Army Signal Corps at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, and he did on-site radiation dosimetry measurements in the Marshall Islands. He earned his M.S. in physics from George Washington University in 1963.
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Research interests: radiation physics and chemistry; spectrometry; imaging processes; high dose dosimetry using alanine/EPR and radiochromic films for radiation processing and sterilization