Oral history of British science

Rotblat, Joseph (18 of 40). National Life Stories Collection: General

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    Rotblat, Joseph, 1908-2005 (speaker, male)

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    Thompson, Katherine (speaker, female)

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    Part 18: Some of the 'fun' use of radiation - they 'matured' wine and even experts could not tell the difference from irradiated and natural claret! The hospital acquired an accelerator - there was a special opening for it by the Duke of Gloucester. JR started experiments with biology of radiation. He collaborated with one of the first women from Barts - Patricia Lindop. JR explains the work, using mice and they published 40 papers between them. Later JR also wanted to study radiation effects on offspring of mice but virus infection happened before results could be obtained. Later started study of effects of radiation on humans and possible treatment.

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    Nobel Peace Prize-winner and nuclear physicist Joseph Rotblat in conversation about his life and work. A key figure in the development of the atomic bomb, he left the US government's Manhattan Project once it became apparent that Nazi Germany did not have the capability to build a bomb of its own.

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