The ANZSNM community was saddened to hear recently of the passing of Nabil Morcos. Nabil was known to many in our community from his radiochemistry and scientific leadership roles at ANSTO and at Cyclomedica. He will be remembered as an innovator and inveterate inventor, and co-discoverer of several radioisotopes and isomeric states.
Nabil was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1944. He held a doctorate in Nuclear and Radiochemistry from the University of Arkansas and was a research professor in the Physics and Environmental Engineering Departments at Vanderbilt University (Nashville TN, USA 1997-2003). He had several stints at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the Chemistry and Radioactive Waste Management Divisions in support of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He spent over 20 years in the radiopharmaceutical research industry where he developed several products from concept to market including the Squibb Mo-99/Tc-99m generator. He held 17 patents in radiopharmaceutical and related medical areas. He also spent ten years prior to joining ANSTO at the US DOE at INEEL and Hanford working on Plutonium Production Legacy Waste as a radiochemistry and safety advisor to the DOE.
After moving to Australia, Nabil held the positions of R&D leader at ANSTO ARI (now ANSTO Life Sciences) and COO at Cyclomedica in a local career spanning over 20 years. Nabil and his wife, Micki, took up residence in Cronulla where Nabil was a keen photographer of splendid sunrises and nature.
He will be sorely missed.
Charles Buttigieg and Dale Bailey