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Pioneering radiobiologist commemorated with plaque at hospital

 Published on: 14th June 2018   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A pioneer of nuclear medicine had his life and work honoured with a commemorative plaque at Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood.

Louis Harold ‘Hal’ Gray FRS made groundbreaking work in medical radiology and X-rays helped lay the foundations of the discipline.

His legacy continues in the cancer treatment centre that bears his name at Mount Vernon in a unit of radiation absorption (the gray), and in the Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology, the establishment which became the successor to the Gray Laboratory at Mount Vernon.

The commemorative plaque was installed at the hospital on Wednesday, May 30.

The short ceremony was presided over by the chairman of The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Richard Sumray, and the plaque unveiling performed by Mr Gray’s granddaughter, Ms Joanna Gray.

The project is supported by The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, of which Mount Vernon Hospital is a part, and the East and North Herts NHS Trust, which operates cancer services at the hospital, and was attended by members of the British Institute of Radiology and staff of both trusts, among other guests.

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