He also served as the editor for Energetic Materials, a peer-reviewed scientific journal from 1983-1988. Rogers was appointed Director of Chemical Research for the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) in 1978, applying thermal methods to the study of this relic.
He was also on the editorial board of Thermochimica Acta from the first issue of this journal in 1970 (also the very first paper published in the first issue of this journal is authored by him) until his retirement in 1988. In recent years, he further researched material relevant to the dating of the Shroud, publishing his findings in Thermochimica Acta.
Rogers (July 21, 1927 – March 8, 2005) was an American chemist who was considered a leading expert in thermal analysis.
To the general public, however, he was best known for his work on the Shroud of Turin. At the University of Arizona he studied chemistry receiving a BS in 1950.
From 1951 to 1988 he was an explosives research expert and thermal analyst with the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (later called Los Alamos National Laboratory or LANL).
From 1987 until 1992 he served on the Department of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board with the equivalent rank of Lt.
General, and received a Distinguished Service Award.
He received other awards and recognitions from LANL and many professional organizations.
Rogers' continual study of the Shroud resulted from a 2000 study by Joseph Marino and Sue Benford, based on x-ray analysis of the sample sites, shows a probable seam from a repair attempt running diagonally through the area from which the sample was taken.The essential conclusion of the article is that the radiocarbon datings were accurate, but because the samples were from cloth that was not part of the original Shroud, they are irrelevant regarding the age of the image area.