Reference numberMS/891
TitlePhotographs of Chernobyl, of Sir Frederick Warner
CreatorWarner, Sir Frederick Edward
DescriptionColour photographs taken at the time of Sir Frederick Edward Warner's visit to Chernobyl in November 1990 and May 1994
1. Photographs taken on a visit by Sir Frederick Warner to Chernobyl in November 1990 [5 photographs]
2. Photographs taken on a visit to Chernobyl by Sir Frederick Warner on 15-17 May 1994. Photographs taken by D R E Voice. [31 photographs]
Extent36 photographs
Access statusOpen
Administrative historyHe was internationally renowned for his pioneering work in building chemical plants and improving the health and safety conditions for workers in the chemical industry. His expertise in environmental impact, particularly of radiation, saw him lead the first international team into Chernobyl to assess the damage caused by the catastrophic reactor meltdown in 1986.

Disturbed by the fact that 31 young Soviet soldiers and firefighters had died after exposure to high doses of radiation during the containment operation, he later assembled a group of 100 retired engineers and scientists – Volunteers for Ionising Radiation – who would be available to help during any future such emergencies. After receiving advice from radiobiologists, he reasoned that people who were over 65 would tolerate exposure better than those who were younger and would have fewer concerns over possible genetic effects.
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