Andrew Brown

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Born in London in 1950, Andrew Brown graduated from Bristol University with a psychology degree before entering the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine. After junior hospital jobs in London, he specialized in radiation oncology. He also spent two years as Medical Director of the National Radiological Protection Board, and later as consultant oncologist at St Thomas Hospital, London. He emigrated to the US in 1990 and spent many years in practice in New Hampshire, before finishing his clinical career in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Duke University.

His professional experience treating patients with X-rays led to a fascination with the history of physics and the nuclear age. His first book,
The Neutron and the Bomb: A Biography of Sir James Chadwick, was followed by two other biographies of remarkable, if lesser known, figures who made substantial contributions to the modern world. J D Bernal: the Sage of Science explores the passionate and pioneering genius, whose work in the field of X-ray crystallography opened the way to contemporary structural biology. The third biography is Keeper of the Nuclear Conscience about the life and work of Joseph Rotblat, the physicist and 1995 Nobel peace laureate.

In addition to medical papers, Brown has also published articles and chapters on radiation risks and nuclear history. He is currently working on a book about A V Hill, the muscle physiologist who shared the 1922 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, before emerging as a leading anti-fascist and defense expert in the years leading up to World War II.

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