Development of Physics Applied to Medicine in the UK, by D, Christie, E, Tansey

By D, Christie, E, Tansey

Equipped with the help of Professor John Clifton (Harpenden) and chaired by way of Professor Peter Williams (Manchester), this seminar tested the early advancements of clinical physics within the united kingdom among 1945 and 1990. members mentioned a number of issues together with clinical physics sooner than and through the battle, the function of the King's Fund and the formation of the health center Physicist's organization (HPA), enlargement of clinical physics outdoor radiotherapy and to non-radiation physics (ultrasound, scientific instrumentation, bioengineering, use of electronic computers), constructing local prone and hyperlinks with undefined. The seminar complete with a dialogue at the altering scene within the Nineteen Eighties, protecting issues similar to investment, educational and undergraduate scientific physics, imaging, CT, NMR and others. individuals incorporated Mr Tom Ashton, Dr Barry Barber, Professors Roland Blackwell and Terence Burlin, Dr Joseph Blau, Mr Bob (John) Burns, Professors John Clifton, David Delpy, Philip Dendy and Jack Fowler, Dr Jean man, Mr John Haggith, Drs John Haybittle, Alan Jennings and John legislations, Professors John Mallard and Joe McKie, Mr David Murnaghan, Professor Angela Newing, Dr Sydney Osborn, Professor Rodney Smallwood, Dr Adrian Thomas, Dr Peter Tothill, Mr Theodore Tulley, Professors Peter Wells and John West and Mr John Wilkinson

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Professor John Mallard: You have all been talking about boreholes in which to put the radium down during the war. Aberdeen had a very unique one. Harry Griffith was the physicist responsible for the radium during that time and he built a wooden hut at the bottom of the quarry from which all the granite originated that built Aberdeen at the beginning of the century. It was 400 feet deep and was constantly pumped out to keep it free from water. You had a hell of a job getting it up and down 400 feet, of course.

You had a hell of a job getting it up and down 400 feet, of course. Williams: There is a myth that Aberdeen rock is so radioactive, they use radium to shield against it. 40 The picture was reproduced on the cover of the September 1983 issue of the HPA Bulletin. See Figure 3. Professor Angela Newing was Editor of the HPA Bulletin at the time leading up to its 40th Anniversary. 41 For biographical notes see pages 110 (Boag) and 113–4 (Gray). htm (visited 23 March 2006). 13 Development of Physics Applied to Medicine in the UK, 1945–1990 Figure 3: Front cover of the HPA Bulletin, September 1983 issue celebrating its 40th Anniversary.

I think that was true. Williams: I think that is true and they also carried on using it and producing radon. I think Kenneth [Sydney Kenneth] Stephenson was also involved in that. 5 g of radium in the radon plant needed to be dealt with and put down a borehole, and the technician there, Ted Coles, was instructed to evaporate it down, which we understand was done in an open kidney dish, and it was then put down in a borehole. Later on, it was retrieved and set up at, I think, Barton-in-the-Clay, Bedfordshire.

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