Michele Gerber, Ph.D.
Brief Background of the Hanford Facility Historian
Gerber, PhD. Hanford Site Historian, Fluor Daniel Hanford Co., Richland,
||Dr. Gerber is the author of numerous documents and articles
on Hanford's history, including On the Home Front: The Cold War Legacy of
the Hanford Nuclear Site, the only comprehensive history of America's
foremost plutonium production complex. She was born in Schenectady, New
York, and earned a Ph.D. in History with highest honors from the State
University of New York at Albany. Dr. Gerber has been the Hanford Site
Historian for 9 years, and has specialized in Hanford Site research for 12
years. She participated in early efforts to obtain declassification of
Hanford Site documents, and served on the National Academy of Sciencesı
Committee on Declassification of Department of Energy Documents. She has
also assisted the research of the Presidential Commission on Human
Radiation Experiments, and of the U.S. Centers for Disease Controlıs
Thyroid Disease Study of the Hanford Region. In addition, she helped tour
the first Russian visitors through Hanfordıs Plutonium Finishing Plant.
In addition to her book On the Home Front, she is the author of numerous
documents and articles on Hanford's history. The title of her talk is
"History of Hanford Operations." After the talk, she will take
questions on secrecy and openness, Hanford's history and/or its current
waste cleanup activities.
Hanford History website -- http://www.hanford.gov/history/index.htm