Thomas F. Budinger
Professor of the Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley
Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Founding Chair Emeritus, Department of Bioengineering
Henry Miller, Chair Emeritus, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Professor Emeritus, Dept. Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Radiology, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
Home Secretary National Academy of Engineering
Thomas Budinger received the B.S. in chemistry (magna cum laude, Regis College, Denver, 1954); the M.S. degree in physical oceanography (University of Washington, Seattle, 1957); the M.D. degree (gold-headed cane award, Univ. of Colo. 1964); and the Ph.D. in physical optics (Univ. of Calif., Berkeley, 1971). Military service was in the U.S. Coast Guard on Ice Breakers in the Artic and Antarctica and as science officer in the International (1957-1960). Thomas Budinger holds concurrent positions at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He is professor of the graduate school at Berkeley and Senior scientist at LBNL. He has been professor of bioinstrumentation, electrical engineering, and computer sciences from 1976 to 2008. In 2004 he completed a six-year appointment as founding chair of the department of bioengineering at Berkeley. He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center where he served as director of the Magnetic Resonance Science Center (1993-97). He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering where he is currently the Home Secretary. He is past president of Int. Soc. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and past president of the World Society for Molecular Imaging.
At both Berkeley and UCSF, he has been active in undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentoring for which he received The Berkeley Citation. For imaging research he received the NIH Merit Award for Alzheimer’s Research; Distinguished Scientist Silver Medal Award from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine; Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award and Paul C. Aebersold Basic Science Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine; the Ernst Jung Preis fur Medizin, Jung-Stiftung fur Wissenschaft und Forschung, Germany and the Gold Medal from the Roentgen Ray Society. Research papers are mainly on imaging technologies and applications to cardiovascular disease and mental disorders. He is active in National Research Council studies including Future Studies in Antarctica; Body Armor Protection and trauma physiology; Helmet Evaluation and Brain Injury; and Future High Magnetic Field development and research.