John Turton Randall 1905-1984. Maurice H. F. WILKINS.
John Turton Randall 1905-1984

John Turton Randall 1905-1984

Cambridge: Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society [printed by Cambridge University Press], 1987. 8vo. Pages [491]-535. Portrait frontispiece. Original green printed wrappers. In near-fine condition with some minor cockling and a few small spots on wrappers. Item #408907

First edition, offprint issue, inscribed by Nobel laureate Maurice Wilkins (1916-2004) on the front wrapper to Samuel Devons (1914-2006): "S, Thank you for your help. I hope you feel this is reasonably near the truth. Best wishes, M." Maurice Wilkins's reminiscence covers the life and career of Sir John Turton Randall, English physicist and biophysicist, credited with the radical improvement of the cavity magnetron – an essential component of centimetric wavelength radar, which was one of the keys to the Allied victory in the Second World War. It is also the key component of microwave ovens (see "Briefcase 'that changed the world'", BBC. 20 October 2017).

Randall is perhaps best remembered for leading the King's College, London team that worked on the structure of DNA. Wilkins was Randall's deputy there, and shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine with James Watson and Francis Crick. Samuel Devons was born in Wales and received an undergraduate degree and doctorate from Trinity College, Cambridge. He worked on radar and defense projects for the British government, and was a member of Randall's magnetron team. Devons then taught physics at the Imperial College of the University of London and the University of Manchester before moving to Columbia. There he was a physicist and historian of science.

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