Marko Moscovitch, 59, a scientist and faculty member at Georgetown University’s medical school, who was known for developing radiation detection technologies, died Jan. 30 at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
He had pancreatic cancer, said a son, Ben Moscovitch.
Dr. Moscovitch, a Bethesda resident, joined Georgetown’s faculty in 1990. He taught in the radiation medicine department of Georgetown’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. He also taught physiology and biophysics and directed the university’s health physics graduate program.
Dr. Moscovitch was an internationally recognized authority in the fields of radiation dosimetry, thermoluminescence and theoretical radiation physics. He was the co-author of a textbook on thermoluminescence and had 12 patents.
He received grants from the Depatment of Energy and NASA and was presented an award from R&D magazine for his invention of a commercial radiation detection technology known as dosimetric badges. The technology can be used to measure exposure to radiation in nuclear power plants and medical facilities.
Marko Moscovitch was born in Bucharest, Romania, and raised in Israel. He served in the Israeli military during the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1978, a master’s degree in 1981 and a doctorate in 1985, all in physics, from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheva, Israel.
Dr. Moscovitch taught at his alma mater before moving to Cleveland in 1984 to work as a scientist at a chemical manufacturing company.
His first marriage, to Dorit Yaron, ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of six years, Jacqueline Arrowsmith, and their son, Eitan Moscovitch, both of Bethesda; two children from his first marriage, Keren Moscovitch of Brooklyn and Ben Moscovitch of Washington; and a sister.
— Megan McDonough