Goldstein Presents 1985 Con Ed Lecture

Herbert Goldstein, Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at Columbia, was appointed the Thomas Alva Edison Professor of Applied Physics in 1984 and was the first to hold the professorship at the University.

He presented th 1985 Con Edison Lecture: "Nuclear Waste Disposal in Prehistoric Times" on Monday, March 4, at 7:30 PM, in the Kellow Conference Center, in the International Affairs Building. His lecture focused on the effectiveness of geologic isolation for disposal of nuclear wastes, and also explored the case study of a two-billion-year-old natural fission reactor in Africa.


Herbert Goldstein, long recognized for his scholarship in classical mechanics and reactor shielding, was the author of the graduate textbook, Classical Mechanics. The book has been a standard text since it first appeared 50 years ago and has been translated into nine languages. Goldstein's contributions to nuclear energy were honored by the U.S. Department of Energy, which awarded him the E.O. Lawrence Memorial Award in 1962. In 1977, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the shielding division of the American Nuclear Society.

Goldstein was a professor of nuclear science and engineering at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science since 1961. He received the Great Teacher Award, given by the Society of Columbia Graduates, in 1976.

In addition to research, Goldstein devoted time to promoting scientific literacy by teaching undergraduate courses. In 1977, he taught a course he designed to increase scientific understanding of energy issues -- "Nuclear Energy: A Semi-technical View for the Non-scientist." He was also one of the faculty members instrumental in developing an innovative science course for non-scientists, "The Theory and Practice of Science," at the College.

Goldstein was a consultant for Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory. He was a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Nuclear Society, the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Goldstein also was a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and was a founding member and president of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists. He received a B.S. from City College of New York in 1940 and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1943.

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