President, Strategy Matters, Inc. and Director, Energy Strategists Consultancy, Ltd.
Inducted in 2004
Gail de Planque, PhD, died on September 8, 2010, leaving behind an enormous family of friends and colleagues worldwide.
Gail had a broad impact in the field of nuclear energy—both in the United States and internationally—and was in great demand as a consultant on atomic energy matters for much of her life.
She served as president of Strategy Matters, Inc., and as director for Energy Strategists Consultancy, Ltd. Gail served as a commissioner with the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1991 to 1995. She was the director of the department of energy’s Environmental Measurements Laboratory in New York City.
A physicist by profession, Gail authored over 65 scientific publications and had given numerous scientific and policy lectures both in the United States and abroad.
She was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow and past president of the American Nuclear Society, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. With her engineering membership, she played a key role in the recognition of diversity in engineering leading to the establishment of the National Academy of Engineering’s Diversity Forum.
She was a former member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement, and past president of the International Nuclear Societies Council, the Pacific Nuclear Council, and secretary of the International Nuclear Energy Academy.
Gail served as a member of the board of trustees of Northeast Utilities, the board of directors of TXU Corp., the board of directors of British Nuclear Fuels, Inc. (United States), the board of directors of British Nuclear Fuels, United Kingdom, and the board of directors of Landauer, Inc.
She was a member of the Diablo Canyon Independent Safety Committee and a consultant to various corporations and the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency.
She was the recipient of the 2003 Henry DeWolf Smyth award for Nuclear Statesmanship.
Gail held a bachelor of arts in mathematics from Immaculata University, a master’s in physics from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a PhD in environmental health sciences from New York University.