The WNA Award
The WNA's Annual Symposium in London provided the occasion for
the presentation of the WNA Award for 'Distinguished
Contribution to the Peaceful Worldwide Use of Nuclear
Energy' on the following occasions.
The 2009 WNA Award honoured the success of the Republic of Korea's
nuclear programme on its 50th Anniversary. To recognize the
contributions of industry, research, academia, and government, the
WNA Award was presented to:
• Dr Jong-Shin Kim, CEO, Korea Hydro and
Nuclear Power Company
• Dr Myung Seung Yang, President, Korea
Atomic Energy Research Institute
• Dr Chang-Sun Kang, Professor Emeritus,
Seoul National University
• Mr Chung-Won Cho, former director of atomic
energy, Ministry of Science & Technology.
2008 the WNA Award was built on a theme of "The Foundations and
Future of Nuclear Power". Three leaders were honoured, each
representing a different dimension of this historic
• Pioneer: Dr Theodore Rockwell (USA),
long-time technical director to Admiral Hyman Rickover in the U.S.
development of the nuclear navy
• Innovator: Dr Jacques Bouchard (France),
Chairman of the Generation IV International Forum
• Educator: Dr Alan Waltar, former head of nuclear
engineering, Texas A&M.
In 2007 the WNA Award went to two men of great symbolic
consequence, one representing the UN-supported institutional
structure that makes the global use of nuclear energy possible; the
other representing the Earth-systems science which warns that the
intensive use of nuclear energy is now urgently
• Dr Mohamed Elbaradei, Nobel Prize winner
and IAEA Director General
• Dr James Lovelock, pioneer in Earth-systems
science, world-class environmentalist and bold voice in advocating
nuclear power as an environmental necessity.
In 2006 the WNA Award honoured Ian
Hore-Lacy for his prolific efforts in bringing
objective information on nuclear energy into the international
Also honoured were two pre-eminent world figures in the
development of nuclear medicine:
• Dr Peter Ell (UK), director of the
Institute of Nuclear Medicine, University College London and Chair
of Nuclear Medicine, University of London.
• Dr Michael Phelps (USA), Director of
the Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of California
School of Medicine, and inventor of Positron Emission Tomography
(PET) for imaging biological processes in the human body.
In 2005 the WNA Award recognized the global organization
Women-in-Nuclear (WIN-Global). Honoured were 14 individual women
from around the world who personified distinguished leadership,
whose work spanned the full diversity of nuclear technology, and
who together symbolized the role of women in advancing its
• Dr Constancia Pagano (Brazil), director of
the Radiopharmacy Centre at the Nuclear and Energy Research
Institute in Sao Paolo.
• Dr Dana Drabova (Czech Republic), head of
the Czech nuclear regulatory authority.
• Dr Laila Fikri Fouad (Egypt), head of
training and international cooperation at the Egyptian Atomic
• Dr Gabriele Voigt (Germany), head of the
IAEA's Seibersdorf Laboratory.
• Ms Junko Ogawa (Japan), president of
WIN-Global and a top public relations executive at the Japan Atomic
• Dr Alum dela Rosa (Philippines), director
of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute.
• Ms Ludmila Zalimskaya (Russia), deputy head
of TENEX, Russia's major exporter of nuclear fuel
• Ms Xuehong Liu (China), general manager of
China Zhongyuan Engineering Corporation.
• Dr Anne Flury-Herard (France), director of
the Life Sciences division at the French Atomic Energy
• Ms Marilyn Kray (USA), president of the
NuStart consortium of U.S. nuclear operators leading the
revitalisation of the American nuclear power industry.
• Dr Salimata Wade (Senegal), professor of
physiology and human nutrition.
• Dr Byung Joo Min (South Korea), director of
the Nuclear Training Centre at the Korea Atomic Energy Research
• Dr Anita Nilsson (Sweden), head of the
IAEA's office of nuclear security.
• Dr Sue Ion (UK), director of technology at
British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL).
In 2004 the WNA Award honoured Loyola de
Palacio for her bold efforts while EU Commissioner
to introduce rational thinking into the energy and environment
policy of the European Union.
In 2003, on the 50th anniversary of President Eisenhower's historic
Atoms-for-Peace proposal to the United Nations, the WNA Award went
to that path-breaking vision, which was honoured by presentations
to the leaders of three organizations that embody Eisenhower's
vision. Accepting the WNA Award were:
• Susan Eisenhower, President of the Eisenhower
• Mohamed Elbaradei, Director General of the
• Hans Blix, Chancellor of the new World Nuclear
University, which was inaugurated on that same occasion.
In 2002 the WNA Award honoured the World Association of Nuclear
Operators (WANO) for its crucial role in building the global
nuclear safety culture. Presentations were made to three
citizen-diplomats who were instrumental in WANO's creation:
• The late Lord Walter Marshall
(UK), WANO's first chairman
• Mr Remy Carle (France), WANO's second
• Dr Zack Pate (USA), WANO's third
chairman and WANO chairman-emeritus.
On that same occasion the WNA Award honoured Tokio
Kanoh, former Uranium Institute chairman and Japanese
nuclear statesmen who played a pre-eminent leadership role, in
industry and government, in building his nation's nuclear programme
and creating the necessary foundation of public support.
The first WNA Award went to Corbin
McNeil for his leadership in building Exelon
Corporation as the leading nuclear utility in the United States and
for his visionary support of the innovative PBMR small nuclear
reactor project in South Africa.