Born on 28th of August 1919
Died on 12th of August 2004
Hounsfield, unusually for a Nobel Prize winner in the sciences, was not an academic researcher. Still more unusually his prize was in physiology and he had no experience in that field until he began work on an idea that came to him out of the blue. A tinkerer with electrical devices from his childhood, Hounsfield served in the RAF in WWII, working on radar. After the war he studied to degree level at Faraday House Electrical Engineering College in London, then worked for EMI where he was involved in early computer projects. He had the idea for what became the CT scanner in the late 1950s, and continued to develop it until the mid-1970s. Hounsfield was awarded his Nobel Prize in 1979, and was knighted in 1981.
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