A Report on Non-Ionizing Radiation

Bill Wisecup Dies

June 14, 2007

Another passing: Bill Wisecup died of a cerebral hemorrhage on May 28 at the age of 77. A vet by training, Wisecup spent much of the 1980s and 1990s administering the EMF research program for the U.S. Department of Energy. He was also the executive director of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) from 1986 until his retirement in 2000. He then devoted most of his time to photography and his Welsh corgis.

Wisecup ran the annual DOE research review and BEMS meetings with an iron hand, but he was a bit of softie when you got to know him. He was never shy about telling you where he stood. After leaving the EMF scene, Wisecup would on occasion send us a note about what he saw in the world he had left behind. Here's an excerpt from his last e-mail, under the heading, "Oh My": "Time has moved on since 1 July 2000 when I moved on to other things. But it really hasn't has it? The same old names in the same old arguments. ... How dull and mundane to read about the same issues and the same people. Some of them need to get a life and move on. Don't you guys at MWN ever get tired of this too? Isn't it like beating a dead horse?" We saw no reason to argue with him then, nor do we now.