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Thomas Wellock

Dr. Thomas R. Wellock is the historian at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). At the NRC, Dr. Wellock writes scholarly and popular history on the regulation of nuclear power. He is currently at work on a history of the use of probabilistic risk assessment in the regulation of nuclear power, and recently published a scholarly article on the topic, “A Figure of Merit: Quantifying the Probability of a Nuclear Reactor Accident.”

Prior to coming to the NRC, Dr. Wellock was a professor of U.S. history at Central Washington University.  He has published two books including "Critical Masses: Opposition to Nuclear Power in California, 1958-1978." Early in his career he worked as an engineer at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station and as a reactor test engineer on Los Angeles class submarines. Dr. Wellock has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Toledo in 1989, and Doctorate Degree in History from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995.
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