The biographies for all of the former Commissioners in this section are the official ones they used during their Commission terms.
Victor Gilinsky was Head of Rand Corporation’s Physical Sciences Department before his nomination to the first Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in December 1974.
He assumed office as a Commissioner on January 19, 1975, for a four-year term.
At Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, California, Dr. Gilinsky also was Director of its Applied Science and Technology Program and an Air Force Strategic Studies Program. He provided broad direction for research efforts in energy technology, atmospheric and ocean modeling, biosciences, lasers, and military and space systems.
Dr. Gilinsky joined Rand in 1961 as a physicist and worked on technical and policy issues dealing with nuclear energy. From 1969 to 1971, he served as Project Leader of a Rand project on International Aspects of Nuclear Energy, and was responsible for policy papers, on nuclear proliferation, safeguards, the Non-proliferation Treaty, and international technology transfer.
In 1971 Dr. Gilinsky was appointed Special Assistant to the Atomic Energy Commission’s Director of Regulation. In that post, he played a role in a major reorganization of the AEC’s Regulatory Staff. From 1972 to 1973, he was Assistant Director for Policy and Program Review in the AEC’s Office of Planning and Analysis.
Dr. Gilinsky graduated in 1956 from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics. He received a Ph.D. in Physics in 1961 from California Institute of Technology.
He is a member of the American Physical Society and the International Institute of Strategic Studies.