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The Hirtz Compass -
Edith and Florence Stoney: X-
A new book... Radium and the Secret of Life by Luis Campos, University of Chicago Press, 2015.
Reviewed by Dr Arpan K Banerjee, Chairman British Society for the History of Radiology
This year’s annual congress was again held in Liverpool which now boasts a new conference venue linked to the previously used venue in the refurbished waterfront area of this great city and again the British Society for the History of Radiology organised a successful session of talks attended by a wide range of delegates.
The invited lecture this year was delivered by the distinguished retired physicist from the Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research, Kit Hill whose talk was titled ‘Sir Joseph Rotblat in Liverpool; pioneer of medical scanning; keeper of nuclear conscience’. In 2008 Kit Hill published a brief biography of Rotblat entitled ‘Professor Pugwash:The man who Fought Nukes’
Rotblat was born in Poland in 1908 and studied physics in Warsaw obtaining his PhD in 1938. In 1939 he was recruited by Chadwick the discoverer of the neutron to work with him on the cyclotron project in Liverpool. In 1939 Otto Frisch had discovered nuclear fission and Rotblat worked with him in Liverpool on Uranium. Rotblat was aware that his work could be used to build a bomb and was part of the team that went to Los Alamos, USA to work on the Manhattan project to build the atomic bomb. Rotblat however was unhappy about the way nuclear weapons had been deployed in the Second World War and returned to Liverpool to lead the medical physics department there and became a pioneer in nuclear medicine imaging. He conducted pioneering research on radioisotopes and thyroid scanning publishing an important paper with Ansell in 1948 on this topic. He later moved to St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London as the Professor of Medical Physics there retiring from the post in 1976.
Rotblat was a scientist with a deep moral conscience and ended up as a critic of
nuclear weapons. With Bertrand Russell the eminent British philosopher and Albert
Einstein he signed the now famous Russell-
This presentation was followed by proferred papers. Francis Duck delivered Adrian Thomas’s paper (Adrian was unfortunately unable to attend) on Silvanus Thompson. Silvanus Thompson was a remarkable Victorian polymath , an electrical engineer, a Professor of Physics, a prolific author known for his book ‘Calculus Made Easy’ amongst others and of course the first President of the Rontgen Society. He become a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1891 and delivered the Christmas lectures at the Royal institution in 1910. He also wrote biographies of Faraday and Kelvin and coined the term Light visible and invisible in 1896 following Rontgen’s discovery.
Francis Duck delivered the next paper titled ‘Every picture tells a story-
Paul Bland then spoke on ‘Challenges of Imaging 1896-
The final talk by Marcelo Vasquez Rios was entitled ‘A pictorial history of the Xray: from Rontgen to tomography’. The work of the early pioneers of Xray tubes and early technical advances including those of Siemens and Edison were included as well as the pioneering contributions of Rollins to radiation protection.
Again the session was well received and complemented by a stand in the exhibition.
Bones : Orthopaedic Pathologies in Roman Imperial Age by A Piccioli et al reviewed by Arpan Banerjee. Go to BOOKS
The Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre, Buenos Aires Argentina was the venue for
the 29th International Congress of Radiology (21-
Buenos Aires , often considered the ‘Paris’ of Latin America was a wonderful venue for an international conference. The city with its magnificent boulevards (avenue Julio 9 is one of the widest boulevards in the world), beautiful parks, statues, a mixture of architecture old including the Casa Rosada (with European influences) and new skyscrapers, museums, bookshops galore , shopping galleries and a famous opera house ‘The Teatro Colon’ as well as traditional tango houses and a recently developed dockland area provide the visitor with much to explore.
A wide range of radiology topics were covered during the conference including a session on the history of radiology organised with the International Society for the History of Radiology (ISHRAD).
Read Arpan Banerjee’s report here
Einstein: “Relativitively” Speaking
John Hinton and Jo Eagle
Tangram Theatre Company
Join Albert, the genius behind the übercoolest moustache in science, for a lecture
like none you’ve ever attended. The eccentric theoretical physicist quantum leaps
us through two world wars, two theories of relativity, and the deployment of two
very big bombs.
“A masterclass. Genius, Mr Hinton, Einstein would be proud.”
The Sunday Times
Governors' Hall at St Thomas’ Hospital
Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH.
Light refreshments from 6pm. Annual General Meeting (BSHR members only) 6:15pm
ADMISSION BY TICKET ONLY, OBTAINABLE FROM:
Dr Arpan K Banerjee
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Tickets are free of charge. A retiring collection will be taken with a suggested donation of £5
20th February 2017 at 7 pm