Obsessed by a Dream

The Physicist Rolf Widerøe – a Giant in the History of Accelerators

by Aashild Sørheim

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Book Description

This Open Access biography chronicles the life and achievements of the Norwegian engineer and physicist Rolf Widerøe. Readers who meet him in the pages of this book will wonder why he isn't better known.
The first of Widerøe's many pioneering contributions in the field of accelerator physics was the betatron. He later went on to build the first radiation therapy machine, an advance that would eventually revolutionize cancer treatment. Hospitals worldwide installed his machine, and today's modern radiation treatment equipment is based on his inventions. Widerøe's story also includes a fair share of drama, particularly during World War II when both Germans and the Allies vied for his collaboration. Widerøe held leading positions in multinational industry groups and was one of the consultants for building the world's largest nuclear laboratory, CERN, in Switzerland. He gained over 200 patents, received several honorary doctorates and a number of international awards.The author, a professional writer and maker of TV documentaries, has gained access to hitherto restricted archives in several countries, which provided a wealth of new material and insights, in particular in relation to the war years. She tells here a gripping and illuminating story.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND). You can download Obsessed by a Dream ebook for free in PDF format (7.2 MB).

Book Details

Publisher
Springer
Published
2020
Pages
544
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9783030263379
ISBN10
3030263371
ISBN13 Digital
9783030263386
ISBN10 Digital
303026338X
PDF Size
7.2 MB
License
CC BY-NC-ND

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