Thomlinson to head CLS Nov. 1
Dr. Bill Thomlinson, a world-renowned expert in synchrotron medical imaging has been appointed to a five-year term as Executive Director of the U of S-based Canadian Light Source (CLS), effective Nov. 1.
U of S President Peter MacKinnon and National Research Council President Dr. Arthur Carty announced Thomlinson's appointment to a news conference at CLS May 31. Thomlinson was in Finland at the time, but he made a live statement to the news conference by speaker-phone.
Thomlinson will replace Interim Executive Director Mark de Jong, who has been in the position since the departure of Dr. Michael Bancroft. MacKinnon announced the new executive director will also be appointed to a tenured position in the U of S Dept. of Physics.
Thomlinson, an American, is currently head of the Medical Research Group at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France. He has led a successful medical imaging beamline group for the past three years, helped start lung and mammography imaging, and in 2000 led the first human blood-vessel imaging studies at ESRF.
"We are delighted to have found a synchrotron scientist of Dr. Thomlinson's international scientific stature and administrative skills to launch this tremendous new national facility," MacKinnon said. "(He) will enable CLS Inc. to become a global leader in science and innovation," the U of S president said.
Thomlinson said CLS "will take its place among the great synchrotrons of the world ... With academic and industrial users working side-by-side, creativity in solving problems in material, chemical and biological sciences is assured."
He said a key to its success will be getting Canada's synchrotron community together, and having it focus appropriate research at CLS.
Since earning his PhD at Yale in 1970 he has worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stanford University, and ESRF.
In other CLS news, the U of S Board of Governors has appointed Bernard Michel, Chair and CEO of Cameco Corporation, to the synchrotron's board of directors.