Health Physics History

Probably our favorite set of links

  • 60 Years of Medical Physics

    Published: Feb 09, 2019

    Source: IOP

      Tags:
    • Medical
    • Physics
    • Radiation Protection Officer
    • X-ray
    • Radium

    A great article by Sidney B Osborn that is fascinating reading. Perhaps a quote from the article will encourage you to read it: 'This has been a personal reminiscence of the earlier days of Medical Physics which I would not wish to inflict it on any physicist today, although life was in some ways simpler then'. The article can be found on pages 22-41.

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  • A Brief Chronology of Radiation and Protection

    Published: Feb 09, 2019

    Source: ISU

      Tags:
    • Radiation Protection
    • History

    This site takes the form of a list of dates and short statements rather than being too descriptive. It starts at 1800000 years BC and finishes around 1995. This site would be great for anyone thinking of writing an essay on the subject.

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  • A century of radiology at the University of Toronto

    Published: Feb 09, 2019

    Source: UoT

      Tags:
    • Radiology
    • x-rays
    • safety

    Fascinating article which starts in 1896.

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  • A Short History of Nuclear Regulation, 1946-1999

    Published: Feb 09, 2019

    Source: NRC.GOV

      Tags:
    • Nuclear
    • Regulation
    • History
    • Atomic Energy
    • Atomic weapons

    A detailed look at the development of nuclear regulation in the US. This is in PDF form (and not so short!)

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  • Reactors: Modern-Day Alchemy

    Published: Feb 09, 2019

    Source: Argonne National Laboratory

      Tags:
    • Nuclear
    • Reactors
    • History

    A nice article presenting an introduction to some of the worlds first nuclear reactors, including pictures of Chicago Piles 2, 3 and 5. There is little in the way of safety discussion here, but this is in itself part of history.

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  • Timeline of the Nuclear Age

    Published: Feb 09, 2019

    Source: atomicarchive.com

      Tags:
    • Nuclear
    • History

    The Atomic Archive has prepared a historical timeline which traces the nuclear age from (1895-2007), the discovery of x-rays and radioactivity and explosion of the first atomic bomb, through the cold war to its thaw, to the cleanup of the nuclear weapons complex. It is a very interesting read!

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