David T. Burns

David T. Burns, Bureau International des Poids et Mesures, Sèvres, France

David Burns, PhD, FInstP studied at the University of Glasgow, Scotland from 1976 to 1980, winning the Thomson Prize in Experimental Physics, and continued working until 1983 at the university’s Kelvin Laboratory, obtaining his doctorate in nuclear structure research. He joined the electron dosimetry group at the National Physical Laboratory in the UK, working on calorimetric measurement standards for absorbed dose, and in1988 was appointed head of the group. In 1996 he joined the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) in Sèvres, France, where he continues to work on primary measurement standards for air kerma and absorbed dose. He has worked on dosimetric protocols for the UK and for the IAEA and was co-author of the widely-used TRS-398 protocol of the IAEA. He is the author of about 100 peer-reviewed publications and in 2011 was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in the UK. Between 1997 and 2011 he was the BIPM observer at the annual meetings of the ICRU, joining the Fundamental Quantities and Units Committee in 2005 and being elected to the Commission in 2012. He was appointed chairman of the Fundamental Quantities and Units Committee in 2014. Since 2014 he has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the IAEA/WHO Network of Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratories, which reviews hte operation of the SSDL Network and steers the Dosimetry Programme of the IAEA.