There was a time when no one knew what happened at Chernobyl. Secrets were kept, mistakes were made, and people were exposed. Now, more than 30 years later and with the release of HBO’s successful mini-series, the disaster is once again in the spotlight.

On 26 April 1986, a catastrophic accident occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, located just outside Pripyat, in Ukraine’s north and the then Soviet Union. A standard test to see how their No. 4 reactor would fare in the event of a power outage led to a reactor core explosion, which sent unprecedented amounts of radiation into the atmosphere. It remains the worst nuclear accident in history.

Distinguished Professor Anatoly Rozenfeld was one of the 300,000 people asked to work in the affected area surrounding Chernobyl afterward. Using his own patented technologies, Professor Rozenfeld, now Director of the Centre for Medical Radiation Physics at the University of Wollongong, contributed his expertise within the Radiation Protection Team in the three years following the accident.

Distinguished Professor Anatoly Rozenfeld, August 2018. Photo: Paul Jones

Read more in this story by Tess Dawson, originally posted at The Stand, Stories from UOW. Main photo by Yves Alarie.