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Louis Harold Gray

A Founding Father of Radiobiology


Part of the Springer Biographies book series (SPRINGERBIOGS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Sinclair Wynchank
    Pages 1-3
  3. Sinclair Wynchank
    Pages 17-27
  4. Sinclair Wynchank
    Pages 29-35
  5. Sinclair Wynchank
    Pages 37-40
  6. Sinclair Wynchank
    Pages 41-44
  7. Sinclair Wynchank
    Pages 45-51
  8. Sinclair Wynchank
    Pages 53-59
  9. Sinclair Wynchank
    Pages 61-63
  10. Sinclair Wynchank
    Pages 65-73
  11. Sinclair Wynchank
    Pages 75-99
  12. Sinclair Wynchank
    Pages 101-117
  13. Sinclair Wynchank
    Pages 119-123
  14. Sinclair Wynchank
    Pages 125-127
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 129-137

About this book


This book is a scientific biography of Louis Harold (“Hal”) Gray, FRS (1905–65), a pioneer in radiobiology – a little known science that is nevertheless extremely important since it constitutes the basis of radiotherapy. Hal Gray’s work also played a vital role in ensuring that radiography would be a safe procedure for the hundreds of millions of persons in whom X-ray pictures have been taken. The book offers fascinating insights into both the history of radiobiology and the life of Hal. It contains much unique biographical material made available to the author over the past 35 years by Hal’s contemporaries, many of whom have since died. Great influences on Hal’s life and studies, including his unusual high school, Christ’s Hospital, and his firm moral beliefs, are described. But his life was not merely a gentle, cloistered existence in academia. Its ups and downs included events that would not have been out of place in a Hollywood drama. The work, the first book-length biography of Hal, is intended for all who enjoy this genre (including those without a scientific background) or have an interest in the history of radiobiology and radiotherapy.  


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.RondeboschSouth Africa

About the authors

Sinclair Wynchank holds bachelor and higher degrees in physics (MA, D Phil [nuclear physics] – University of Oxford) and medicine (MB ChB, MD – University of Cape Town).  He has also taught and researched there and at Columbia and Bordeaux Universities and the City University of New York.  At the South African Medical Research Council he directed an institute that first introduced medical MRI to the southern hemisphere.  His researches in nuclear medicine, physics/engineering applied to medicine, MRI, radiobiology, telemedicine/telenursing, and the history and sociology of medicine resulted in 133 publications, mainly on these topics and also nuclear physics.  He has chaired the SA National Telemedicine Forum and has been President of the African Association of Nuclear Medicine.  He has lectured in 25 nations and is the subeditor of one journal and a member of the editorial board of another.  Cape Town is his home, where he is partially retired and continues with various consultancies.  

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Louis Harold Gray
  • Book Subtitle A Founding Father of Radiobiology
  • Authors Sinclair Wynchank
  • Series Title Springer Biographies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Biographies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-43396-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-82812-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-43397-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 137
  • Number of Illustrations 23 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Radiotherapy
    Medical and Radiation Physics
    History of Medicine
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