Authorised form of nameHounsfield; Sir; Godfrey Newbold (1919 - 2004)
Dates1919 - 2004
Place of birthNewark, Nottinghamshire
Date of birth28/08/1919
Place of deathKingston upon Thames, Surrey
Date of death12/08/2004
OccupationEngineer and inventor
Magnus Grammar School, Newark; City and Guilds examination in Radio Communications; diploma from Faraday House Electrical Engineering College, London
Builder's drawing office; volunteer reservist with RAF during WW2 - radar mechanic instructor working at Royal College of Science and then Cranwell Radar School, RAF Certificate of Merit (1945); joined research staff Electric and Musical Industries (EMI) Hayes (1951) working on first all transistor computer to be constructed in Britain (EMIDEC 1100, 1958), moved to EMI Central Research Laboratories where he developed the EMI brain scanner, first demonstrated at Atkinson Morley's Hospital, Wimbledon in September 1971; Head of Medical Systems Section, Thorn EMI Central Research Laboratories (1972-1976), Chief Staff Scientist (1976-1977), Senior Staff Scientist (1977-1985), Consultant to Laboratories (1986-2004); winner of MacRobert Award (1972) and many other honours including Lasker Award (1975); continued to work as a consultant for EMI after retirement until 2002 and also for National Heart and Chest Hospitals, Chelsea and the National Heart Hospital and the Brompton Hospital; Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (1994), received six honorary degrees and more than forty awards; led the team which developed Britain's first large solid state computer and inventor of computerised axial tomography (CAT) scanner for use in clinical diagnosis
Medals and prizes:
Nobel Prize (Physiology or Medicine) 1979
CBE 1976; Kt 1981
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election20/03/1975
Age at election55
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Mullard Medal 1977
RelationshipsYoungest of five children of a farmer
Obituary in The Daily Telegraph (17 August 2004), The Times (18 August 2004), The Guardian (19 August 2004), Financial Times (20 August 2004), The Independent (20 August 2004)
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 2005 vol 51 pp 221-235, plate, by P N T Wells FRS
S.Bates, Liz Beckmann, A Thomaas, P Waltham, "Godfrey Hounsfield. Intuitive Genius of CT" 2014
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA4450
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1975/16Hounsfield, Godfrey Newbold: certificate of election to the Royal Society
IM/002263Hounsfield, Sir Godfrey Newboldnd
AV/2/11Sir Godfrey Hounsfield in discussion with Bill Ingham, former director of EMI Central Research LaboratoriesNovember 1991
IM/002262Hounsfield, Sir Godfrey Newboldc 1972
IM/002264Hounsfield, Sir Godfrey Newbold1989
MS/838The Scanner Research in the Central Research Laboratory of EMI2005
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