Janusz Zygmunt Beer

Radiation researcher, photobiologist

Born Apr. 18, 1930, Warsaw, Poland; came to U.S., 1978; son of Zygmunt and Maria (Zyskowska); married Zofia (Olempska); children: Tomasz, Kasia.

Education: M.S.,Technical University of Warsaw, and University of Warsaw, 1952; Ph.D. (in mathematics and physics), 1964, Dr. hab. (in cell biology), 1976, University of Warsaw.

Career: technical assistant to assistant prof., University of Warsaw, 1951-59; assistant prof. to laboratory head, Institute of Nuclear Research, Warsaw, 1959-78; visiting scientist, Bureau of Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administn., 1978-84, branch chief, 1984-89, senior scientist, 1989 -, Center for Devices & Radiological Health Food & Drug Administm., Rockville (MD).

Author: numerous articles, book chapters and papers on heritable lesions in irradiated mammalian cells, chronic effects of x-rays, carcinogenic effects of UV radiation, HIV activation by radiation, etc.

Member of, i.a.: Polish Association for Radiation Research (honorary secretary, 1968-74); Polish American Art Association (vice president, 1985-86, board member, 1986-90), Washington (DC); American Society for Photobiology; Radiation Research Society; New York Academy of Sciences; Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America (P.I.A.S.A.)

Honors: Sigma Xi; fellow, International Atomic Energy Agency; travel grants, International Association for Radiation Research (Austria), 1970; grant reviewer, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Environment Protection Agency; Maria Curie-Sklodowska Medal, Polish Association of Radiation, Polish Council for Atomic Energy.

Served with: Roman Catholic.

Language: Polish, English, German, Russian.

Hobbies: mountain hiking, photography.

Home: 2 Lorre Court, Rockville, MD 20852

From: "Who's Who in Polish America" 1st Edition 1996-1997, Boleslaw Wierzbianski editor; Bicentennial Publishing Corporation, New York, NY, 1996