Allan Macleod Cormack

Allan M Cormack (1924-1998) was a South African physicist who was instrumental in the development of the CT scanner.

Allan Macleod Cormack graduated in physics from Cape Town University in 1944 and was subsequently a doctoral student at Cambridge University where he worked with Otto Frisch. He returned to South Africa and worked at the Groote Schuur Hospital on radiation absorption.

He published his important paper 'Representation of a function by its line integrals, with some radiological applications' in 1963 in the Journal of Applied Physics.

His interest in the theoretical aspects of x-ray technology while working at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town led to important theoretical publications in this new area and the subsequent sharing of the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, with Godfrey Hounsfield, for the development of CT.

In 1957 he moved to Tufts University, USA as a Professor and became Chairman of the Physics department from 1968-1976.

Although lesser known than Hounsfield, his pioneering work on axial tomography was a major contribution to the development of CT scanning.

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