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A site about Godfrey Hounsfield
LINKS AND NOTES
In 1979 the Nobel organisation asked Godfrey to write a short autobiography. It is available on the Nobel Prize website: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1979/hounsfield-autobio.html Godfrey made some minor mistakes in his autobiography. He says that “in a village there are few distractions and no pressures to join in at a ball game or go to the cinema.” In fact, Godfrey helped his friend Geoffrey Walton to set up and run a cinema in Sutton-on-Trent. Godfrey also said that “I joined the staff of EMI in Middlesex in 1951, where I worked for a while on radar”. His former colleague at EMI, Professor Roger Voles obtained the true date of 10 October 1949 from the administrators of EMI’s pension scheme. This 1949 date also matches a photograph of Godfrey receiving an award for 25 year’s service with EMI in November 1974 and his first patent for EMI in 1950.
Godfrey’s first patent for EMI is at this link: GB 707450. The application arrived at the patent office on 27 September 1950, so Godfrey had already been working for EMI for long enough to make an invention and get the patent application drafted. Godfrey’s main CT scanner patent is at this link: US 3778614
THE MYTH ABOUT FUNDING FROM THE BEATLES, AND WHERE THE CREDIT REALLY BELONGS
The myth is that revenue from pop music, and specifically The Beatles, funded the development of CT by EMI. Ken Charles recalls this myth from about 1974 when he worked for EMI Medical in the USA: “Most people in the USA did not know EMI, and those who did only knew them as a record company, and the label The Beatles recorded on”. It is a fact that The Beatles were signed to EMI at the same time as Godfrey was working on the development of CT, but there was no link beyond that. The myth is false because:
NOTES ABOUT ROBERT S LEDLEY
Click here to read an extract from Eddie Gowler’s unpublished 80,000 word history of the early days of CT.