Professor Wade Allison

Emeritus Professor of Physics, Emeritus Fellow of Keble College


Professor Allison is an experimental particle physicist with particular interests in electromagnetic radiation, particle and nuclear physics, and medical physics. He has a special interest in radiation, ultrasound and magnetic resonance, and in our understanding, or otherwise, of their safety. His book, Radiation and Reason: the Impact of Science on a Culture of Fear (2009), addresses misconceptions about radiation and nuclear energy. It attracted considerable attention around the world, especially following the accident at Fukushima Daiichi in 2011, after which it was published in Japanese and Chinese. Since then he has been to Japan several times to lecture and to visit teachers, community leaders, doctors and evacuees in the region affected by the accident.


  • Radiation safety
  • Nuclear accidents
  • Nuclear and medical physics
  • Chernobyl, Fukushima

Media experience

Professor Allison has experience of working with the media.