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The Life and Work of Edith Clarke

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Dr. Sasa Djokic

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The IET kindly asked me to talk about Godfrey Hounsfield on 20th March, and wondered if he might trigger any discussion on this board.

Godfrey Hounsfield pioneered CT scanning and in 1972 proved to a remarkably sceptical world that CT detects tumours and blood clots within the brain at acceptable cost and dose. The use of his technique has grown in each of the ensuing four decades and it has helped millions of people around the world. It launched the modern era of computer-assisted medical imaging. See also www.GNHounsfield.org. Earlier (in 1956/7) he was leader of the design team for the first commercial  transistorised  computer made in Britain, the EMIDEC 1100.

Godfrey Hounsfield left school at age 16 with no qualifications. Would a similar person be able to make such breakthroughs today?

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The Heaviside Memorial Project is now accepting donations.

This is a not-for-profit project aims to fund, through public subscription, and organize the restoration of the memorial to the great British mathematician and electrical engineer Oliver Heaviside and his family.

This project was conceived and is being organized/implemented by the Newcastle Electromagnetics Interest Group (NEMIG) at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Newcastle University, UK.

The family plot is in Paignton Cemetery, Torquay, Devon where he spent the final years of his life and was buried with his parents, Rachel Elizabeth and Thomas Heaviside. The plot is in very poor condition and requires urgent restoration in order to revive and preserve this lasting monument to Oliver.

Oliver Heaviside, mostly self-taught, founded modern electrical engineering science, much of which is now taken for granted. He developed mathematical techniques for the solution of electric circuits (e.g. operational calculus and the Heaviside step function) and most famously reformulated James Clerk Maxwell's Electromagnetic Theory into the form we know and are taught all around the globe today... this is only a very small selection of his great achievements. He was recognized by being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, he was the first recipient of the Faraday Medal and also received an honorary doctorate for his revolutionary contributions.

Please donate to The Heaviside Memorial Project today and contribute to the restoration of the monument so that it may last as a reminder to future generations of this man’s great contribution to science and engineering. The goal is to raise £800 for a full restoration of the monument.

To find out more and donate - please visit http://www.heavisidememorialproject.co.uk/

Thank you for your interest and kind generosity.

Christopher Spargo
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