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The extraordinary in the apparently ordinary

By Wade Allison - posted Friday, 4 January 2013

The World needs exceptional people like Godfrey Hounsfield, Nobel Prize winner and inventor of CT (X-ray computer tomography), but where do they come from?

In this biography the authors have made a unique contribution toward answering this question.

They have described how Hounsfield, a much liked man with modest education and indeed support, came to make his extraordinary personal breakthrough in medical physics with its universal benefit.


Some biographies of genius have to plumb the dark corners of distorted or extraordinary backgrounds, but not here. What Hounsfield brought was exceptional intuition, dogged persistence and self belief.

The book is well written in a relaxed style that quotes well researched opinions of many who knew him and his work.

The authors succeed in holding the reader's attention with a message of profound optimism and humanity. Strongly recommended.

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This is a review of Godfrey Hounsfield: Intuitive Genius of CT, Stephen Bates, Liz Becmann, Adrian Thomas and Richard Waltham (The British Institute of Radiology).


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Professor Wade Allison MA DPhil is an Emeritus Fellow of Keble College, Oxford and the author of Radiation and Reason, Fundamental Physics for Probing and Imaging and Nuclear is for life.

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