Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. Aashild Sørheim
    Pages 1-58 Open Access
  3. Aashild Sørheim
    Pages 59-166 Open Access
  4. Aashild Sørheim
    Pages 167-222 Open Access
  5. Aashild Sørheim
    Pages 223-280 Open Access
  6. Aashild Sørheim
    Pages 281-418 Open Access
  7. Aashild Sørheim
    Pages 419-470 Open Access
  8. Aashild Sørheim
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 501-511

About this book


This Open Access biography chronicles the life and achievements of the Norwegian engineer and physicist Rolf Widerøe. Readers who meet him in the pages of this book will wonder why he isn't better known.

The first of Widerøe's many pioneering contributions in the field of accelerator physics was the betatron. He later went on to build the first radiation therapy machine, an advance that would eventually revolutionize cancer treatment. Hospitals worldwide installed his machine, and today’s modern radiation treatment equipment is based on his inventions. Widerøe’s story also includes a fair share of drama, particularly during World War II when both Germans and the Allies vied for his collaboration. Widerøe held leading positions in multinational industry groups and was one of the consultants for building the world's largest nuclear laboratory, CERN, in Switzerland. He gained over 200 patents, received several honorary doctorates and a number of international awards.

The author, a professional writer and maker of TV documentaries, has gained access to hitherto restricted archives in several countries, which provided a wealth of new material and insights, in particular in relation to the war years. She tells here a gripping and illuminating story.


History of accelerator physics Betratron Medical accelerators Hadrontherapy Linac Life and Work of Rolf Wideröe Radiation therapy machine Resonance accelerator Accelerators during WWII Linear particle accelerator Invention of the cyclotron Open access

Authors and affiliations

  • Aashild Sørheim
    • 1
  1. 1.OsloNorway

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