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Allan M. Cormack at Tufts University
Allan M. Cormack at Tufts University

Allan MacLeod Cormack (February 23, 1924May 7, 1998) was a South African-born American physicist who shared a part of the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan. Image File history File links Cormack. ... Image File history File links Cormack. ... Tufts University is a private university located in Medford, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. ... February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... May 7 is the 127th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (128th in leap years). ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... A physicist is a scientist trained in physics. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... List of Nobel Prize laureates in Physiology or Medicine from 1901 to the present day. ... CAT apparatus in a hospital Computed axial tomography (CAT), computer-assisted tomography, computed tomography, CT, or body section roentgenography is the process of using digital processing to generate a three-dimensional image of the internals of an object from a large series of two-dimensional X-ray images taken around...


Cormack was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He attended the Rondebosch Boys' High School in Cape Town, where he was active in the debating and tennis teams. He received his B.Sc. in physics in 1944 from the University of Cape Town and his M.Sc. in crystallography in 1945 from the same institution. He was a research student at Cambridge University from 1947-49, and while at Cambridge he met his future wife, Barbara Seavey, an American physics student. City motto: Unity in Development Province Gauteng Mayor Amos Masondo Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ... Rondebosch Boys High School and Rondebosch Boys Preparatory School make up a prestigious government school situated in the suburb of Rondebosch in Cape Town, South Africa. ... City motto: Spes Bona (Latin: Good Hope) Province Western Cape Mayor Nomaindia Mfeketo Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... The University of Cape Town is a major tertiary education institution in Cape Town, South Africa, located on the Rhodes Estate on the slopes of Devils Peak. ... Crystallography (from the Greek words crystallon = cold drop / frozen drop, with its meaning extending to all solids with some degree of transparency, and graphein = write) is the experimental science of determining the arrangement of atoms in solids. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world, with one of the most selective sets of entry requirements in the United Kingdom. ...


After marrying Seavey, he returned to the University of Cape Town in early 1950 to lecture. Following a sabbatical at Harvard in 1956-57, the couple agreed to move to the United States, and Cormack became a professor at Tufts University in the Fall of 1957. Cormack became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1966. Although he was mainly working on particle physics, Cormack's side interest in x-ray technology led him to develop the theoretical underpinnings of CAT scanning. This work was initiated at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital in early 1956 and continued briefly in mid-1957 after returning from his sabbatical. His results were subsequently published in two papers in the Journal of Applied Physics in 1963 and 1964. These papers generated little interest until Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield and colleagues built the first CAT scan machine in 1972, taking Cormack's theoretical calculation into a real application. For their independent efforts, Cormack and Hounsfield shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ... Tufts University is a private university located in Medford, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Naturalization is the process whereby a person becomes a national of a nation, or a citizen of a country, other than the one of his birth. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... In the NATO phonetic alphabet, X-ray represents the letter X. An X-ray picture (radiograph) taken by Röntgen An X-ray is a form of electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength approximately in the range of 5 pm to 10 nanometers (corresponding to frequencies in the range 30 PHz... Groote Schuur Hospital is a government-funded hospital situated in Cape Town, South Africa. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... Sir Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield (28 August 1919 - 12 August 2004) was an English electrical engineer who shared the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with Allan McLeod Cormack for his part in developing the diagnostic technique of computerized axial tomography (CAT). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year that started on a Tuesday. ...


Cormack died of cancer in Massachusetts at age 74. He was posthumously awarded the Order of Mapungubwe on the 10 December 2002 for outstanding achievements as a scientist and for co-inventing the cat-scan. The Order of Mapungubwe is South Africas highest honour. ... December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 2001 in South Africa, other events of 2002, 2003 in South Africa and the Timeline of South African history. ...


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Allan McLeod Cormack Summary (2380 words)
Allan M. Cormack is a physicist whose theoretical analysis and experiments in the fields of nuclear and particle physics, computer tomography and math led to his invention of a mathematical technique for computer-assisted X-ray tomography.
Allan M. Cormack was a physicist whose theoretical analysis and experiments in nuclear and particle physics, computer tomography, and math led to his invention of a mathematical technique for computer-assisted x-ray tomography, which revolutionized noninvasive medical diagnosis.
Cormack was the first to analyze the possibility of such an examination of a biological system in 1963 and 1964, and to develop the equations needed for computer-assisted x-ray reconstruction of pictures of the human brain and body.
Allan McLeod Cormack - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (351 words)
Following a sabbatical at Harvard in 1956-57, the couple agreed to move to the United States, and Cormack became a professor at Tufts University in the fall of 1957.
Cormack became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1966.
Cormack died of cancer in Massachusetts at age 74.
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