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Author Erlandsen, Aashild Sørheim, 1950- author.

Title Obsessed by a dream : the physicist Rolf Widerøe -- a giant in the history of accelerators / Aashild Sørheim
Published Cham : Springer Open, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (xxxiv, 511 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series Springer Biographies, 2365-0613
Springer biographies, 2365-0613
Contents A Comfortable Home -- Formative years 1902 -- 1943.- The World Awaits -- The new life in Switzerland 1946 -- 1996.- The Dark Chapter -- Working in Germany during the war.- Treason Case number 3418 -- The papers in the National Archives.- But There Was More -- The papers in the British and American Intelligence Archives.- Why? -- The unanswered question of why he went to Germany.- Postscript: The Letter from his Brother
Summary 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
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed November 14, 2019)
Subject Widerøe, Rolf, 1902-1996
Widerøe, Rolf, 1902-1996.
Nuclear physicists -- Biography
Particle accelerators.
Nuclear physicists.
Particle accelerators.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
Author Stewart, Frank, translator.
ISBN 303026338X
Other Titles Besatt av en drøm. English