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Allan MacLeod Cormack

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Dates

February 23, 1924 – May 7, 1998

Authorized Form of Name

Cormack, Allan MacLeod, 1924-1998

Biography

Abstract

Allan McLeod Cormack was a South African physicist and a Nobel laureate. He spent most of his career as a Professor of Physics at Tufts University (1957-1998). Other institutional affiliations include University of Cape Town and Harvard University.

Important Dates

February 23, 1924Birth, Johannesburg (South Africa).

1944Obtained BSc in Physics, University of Cape Town, Cape Town (South Africa).

1945Obtained MSc, University of Cape Town, Cape Town (South Africa).

1946 – 1956Lecturer, University of Cape Town, Cape Town (South Africa).

1947 – 1949Research Student, St. John's College, University of Cambridge.

1956 – 1957Research Fellow, Harvard University.

1957 – 1998Assistant Professor to Professor of Physics (1957-1980) and University Professor of Physics (1980-1998), Tufts University, Medford (Mass.).

1966Became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

1979Awarded Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Godfrey Housfield "for the development of computer assisted tomography".

1983Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1990Awarded National Medal of Science.

May 7, 1998Death, Winchester (Mass.).

Occupation

Particle physicist.

Places

Birth

Johannesburg (South Africa)

Undergraduate Education

Cape Town (South Africa)

Graduate Education

Cape Town (South Africa)

Employment

Cape Town (South Africa)

Medford (Mass.)

Death

Winchester (Mass.)

Subjects

Cyclotrons.

Particles (Nuclear physics).

Tomography.

X-rays.

Relationships

People

Family

Cormack, Barbara Seavey

Wife.

Cormack, Jean

Daughter.

Cormack, Margaret

Daughter.

Cormack, Robert

Son.

Advisors & Collaborators

Hounsfield, Godfrey, 1919-

Shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for the development of computer assisted tomography"

Colleagues

Bainbridge, Kenneth T. (Kenneth Tompkins), 1904-1996

Both employed at Harvard University.

Frisch, Otto Robert, 1904-

Both employed at Cavendish Laboratory.

Furry, W. H. (Wendell Hinkle), 1907-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Glauber, Roy J., 1925-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Martin, Paul Cecil, 1931-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Pound, Robert V.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Purcell, Edward M.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Raney, William P.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Schwinger, Julian, 1918-1994

Both employed at Harvard University.

Street, Jabez Curry, 1906-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Van Vleck, J. H. (John Hasbrouck), 1899-1980

Both employed at Harvard University.

Institutions

Major Positions

Tufts University. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Assistant Professor to Professor of Physics and University Professor of Physics.

University of Cape Town. Department of Physics

Obtained BSc in 1944 and MSc in 1945. Lecturer.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Cavendish Laboratory (Cambridge, England)

Assistant of Otto Frisch.

Harvard University. Department of Physics

Research Fellow.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

University of Cambridge. Department of Physics

Research Student.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Allan Cormack papers, 1909-1997.

Tisch Library. Archives and Special Collections

Tufts University

Medford, MA 02155, USA

Subject

Tufts University Department of Physics and Astronomy high energy physics records, 1956-2009.

Tisch Library. Archives and Special Collections

Tufts University

Medford, MA 02155, USA

Published Resources

Author

Nobel Prize Autobiography.