11. Doon Gibbs | The Long Island Press Power List

11. Doon Gibbs

Brookhaven National Laboratory Director

As the newly appointed director of one of the nation’s most advanced scientific research facilities, Doon Gibbs has to be conversant in a wide array of mind-boggling subjects that befits his role as the guiding force of 3,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $700 million. He’s seen the potential of BNL’s National Synchrotron Light Source II to probe matter and the ability of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider to glimpse the universe within a few millionths of a second after it was born. And to think that he can do all this and more in Brookhaven! Let’s hope that Gibbs can keep persuading the know-somethings in Congress not to be swayed by the know-nothings when it comes to federal funding for this important facility so America can stay on the cutting edge of science and technology.