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BASIL VLADIMIR WORGUL, PH.D., professor of radiation biology in radiology and ophthalmology at Columbia since 1990, died Jan.19. Dr. Worgul was also founder and director of the Eye Radiation and Environmental Research Laboratory at Columbia’s Harkness Eye Institute since 1984, and Columbia faculty member since 1974, where he started as a fellow of the National Eye Institute. Dr. Worgul was known to generations of medical students and ophthalmology residents as an outstanding lecturer and researcher. He transformed the field of ophthalmology, particularly with his research on the development of radiation-induced cataracts and their dose relationship. Dr. Worgul conducted an epidemiological study that followed the clean-up workers after the 1986 reactor accident in Chernobyl. He was a member of numerous national and international professional societies, and published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Worgul received his Ph.D. from the University of Vermont.