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Bert Coursey (Assoc)

Bert Coursey is currently a guest researcher in the Standards Coordination Office at NIST. He received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Georgia and came to the NIST Radioactivity Group in 1972. He has spent 47 years at NIST–with nine of these on detail to the Department of Homeland Security. His current research focuses on the history of standards for radiation physics in the United States. He pursues outside interests including jogging, kayaking and hiking with his family in Western Maryland. 


A Reflection on the 150 Anniversary of the Birth of Marie Curie
Author: Bert M. Coursey

In this account, we will look at the lasting impact of Marie Curie's contributions to science and technology. 

Citation for this publication: 
Coursey, B.M., “A Reflection on the 150 Anniversary of the Birth of Marie Curie”,  Appl. Radiat. Isotp. 130, 280-284 (2017).

See additional NIST publications below. 


Early Electroscopes at the National Bureau of Standards

Bert Coursey, Brian E. Zimmerman, Michael G. Mitch, Paul Frame
This report describes the use of five electroscopes used as national standards for radioactivity for the United States during the early 20th century. This set

A review of NIST primary activity standards for 18F: 1982 to 2013

Denis E. Bergeron, Jeffrey T. Cessna, Bert M. Coursey, Ryan P. Fitzgerald, Brian E. Zimmerman
The new NIST activity standardization for 18F differs from results obtained between 1998 and 2008 by 4 %. The new results are considered to be very reliable
Created December 11, 2018, Updated December 8, 2022