5 October 2024


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About the prize

The British Society for the History of Radiology is pleased to invite entries for the John Clifton Essay Prize, an initiative to promote research and insight into the history of radiological sciences (including medical imaging, radiotherapy & nuclear medicine).

We are keen to receive essays that explore all aspects of radiology history including scientific discovery and technological development; biographical accounts; societal impact and cultural dimensions. Essays which explore less well-known events / figures, or which demonstrate the relevance of historical events to current and future practice are encouraged. Topics may include diagnostic imaging, interventional techniques, radiotherapy and may seek to highlight the work of radiologists, radiographers, physicists and engineers, or may explore imaging and therapeutic techniques from the patient’s perspective. Whilst entries are open to all, we particularly welcome participation from healthcare professionals in training and from undergraduates. Essays should be based on accurate historical research, but personal insights, reflections and perspectives can be included.

The prize is named in honour of Professor John Clifton, renowned medical physicist and member of BSHR, who sadly died in 2023.

Competition details

Closing date: Friday 6th September 2024

Word limit: 5000

Essays should be submitted in Word.

Essays should be fully referenced.

If images are included, it should be possible to determine the copyright status to facilitate potential publication. Entries must not have been previously published elsewhere.

Entries will be judged by members of the BSHR Council and should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


First prize of £250 (and publication in Invisible Light / BSHR website) Additional prizes may be awarded at the judges’ discretion. Winners will also receive a year’s membership of BSHR.

All entries will be considered for publication in Invisible Light, the Society’s journal, and on the BSHR website. Winners will be announced at the BSHR Online lecture, 8th November 2024.






 See Arpan Banerjee' article about Roentgen published in radmagazine in November 2023 to celebrate the
world day of radiology. Check here.



Annual Lecture 2024

Signs and Symbols: Heraldry from Roentgen to The Present Day

Stephen Keevil

Watch the lecture video



OnLine Lecture 2023 

The Mummy Returns 

Dr Ash Chakraborty

Watch the Lecture video