Sidney Russ Prize
Sidney Russ (1879-1963) was appointed as physicist to the Middlesex Hospital in 1913. In 1920, he was appointed to the newly instituted Joel Chair of Physics Applied to Medicine at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. This was the first Chair of Medical Physics in the world. He was awarded the CBE in 1931 for services to radium work and was an original member of the King Edward's Hospital Fund radium committee which kept a supply of radium at the Middlesex Hospital for use throughout London during the Second World War. He retired in 1946, after pioneering a new scientific approach to precision measurement in radiology. An article describing the role of Prof. Russ in the early days of Medical Physics, written by W. Alan Jennings, is available here.
Our department was created in 1987, when the Middlesex Hospital Medical School Department of Physics Applied to Medicine merged with the UCL's Department of Medical Physics. We now award a prize in Prof Russ' name to our most outstanding final year undergraduate. The prize has been endowed thanks to very kind and generous gifts made by Dr. Dorothy Collins and Mr. John Russ, the daughter and son of Prof. Sidney Russ.
Winners of the Sidney Russ Prize
Phong Thanh Phan
Simrun Virdee receiving the 2015 Sidney Russ Prize from our Head of Department, Prof. Jem Hebden.