Sir Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield was an electrical engineer from England who was one of the co-recipients of the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. He pioneered the designing of the CT scanner, thereby creating a mark in the history of radiology. He was the joint recipient of the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Godfrey Hounsfield studied the basics of radar and electronics while serving at the Royal Air Force during World War II. He later obtained a Diploma from the Faraday House Electrical Engineering College and joined EMI Ltd to pursue research. He guided the design team to build Britain’s initial all-transistor computer, named the EMIDEC 110. He later shifted to work at the EMI Central Research Laboratories.
He was the recipient of the Wilhelm Exner Medal in 1974.
He was awarded the Lasker Award in 1975. The same year he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1975.
In 1976, he was awarded the Duddell Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics.
He received the Mullard Award by the Royal Society in 1977. He was also awarded the Howard N. Potts Medal in the same year.
In 1979, Godfrey Hounsfield and Allan M. Cormack were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for the development of computer assisted tomography”.