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Godfrey Hounsfield

1919 - 2004

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Sir Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield ( HOWNZ-feeld; 28 August 1919 – 12 August 2004) was a British electrical engineer who shared the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with Allan MacLeod Cormack for his part in developing the diagnostic technique of X-ray computed tomography (CT).His name is immortalised in the Hounsfield scale, a quantitative measure of radiodensity used in evaluating CT scans. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Godfrey Hounsfield has received more than 302,212 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Godfrey Hounsfield is the 40th most popular engineer (up from 42nd in 2019), the 730th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 716th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular British Engineer.

Godfrey Hounsfield is most famous for inventing the CT scanner in the 1970s.

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Among engineers, Godfrey Hounsfield ranks 40 out of 323Before him are Theodore von Kármán, Oliver Heaviside, Villard de Honnecourt, Felix Wankel, Pavel Sukhoi, and Howard H. Aiken. After him are Anthony Fokker, John Ambrose Fleming, Alexander Wienerberger, Ildefons Cerdà, Edward A. Murphy Jr., and Sergey Ilyushin.

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Among people born in 1919, Godfrey Hounsfield ranks 34Before him are James M. Buchanan, Jennifer Jones, Andreas Papandreou, Moïse Tshombe, Siad Barre, and Matilde Camus. After him are Mordechai Anielewicz, Joseph Murray, Daniel Bell, Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado, Jackie Robinson, and Hermine Braunsteiner. Among people deceased in 2004, Godfrey Hounsfield ranks 32Before him are Carlos Kleiber, Estée Lauder, Laura Branigan, Jerry Goldsmith, Ingrid Thulin, and Sune Bergström. After him are Gérard Debreu, John Vane, Thomas Klestil, Robert Merle, Matthäus Hetzenauer, and Julius Axelrod.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Godfrey Hounsfield ranks 730 out of 7,765Before him are Wilkie Collins (1824), Nevill Francis Mott (1905), Thomas Mun (1571), Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (1757), James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell (1534), and Robert III of Scotland (1330). After him are Gordon Brown (1951), Benedict Cumberbatch (1976), H. L. A. Hart (1907), Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset (1519), Emma, Lady Hamilton (1765), and Samuel Richardson (1689).

Among ENGINEERS In United Kingdom

Among engineers born in United Kingdom, Godfrey Hounsfield ranks 2Before him are Oliver Heaviside (1850). After him are John Ambrose Fleming (1849), William John Macquorn Rankine (1820), Charles George Gordon (1833), Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806), Colin Chapman (1928), Ross Brawn (1954), Henry Royce (1863), Charles Rolls (1877), George Cayley (1773), and Patrick Head (1946).