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A pioneer in the development of modern ultrasound: Robert William Boyle (1883–1955)

Arshadi, Roozbeh; Cobbold, Richard S. C.

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  "DOI": "10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2006.07.030", 
  "author": [
      "family": "Arshadi, Roozbeh"
      "family": "Cobbold, Richard S. C."
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
  "abstract": "Abstract\u2014Robert William Boyle was one of the pioneers in the development and application of ultrasound. His\nremarkable career has not been previously traced in any depth, nor have his contributions, especially those\nduring WWI, been carefully described. In collaboration with Lord Rutherford, his work on the development of\nultrasound methods for submarine detection paralleled those in France under Paul Langevin (1872\u20131946), who\nmany consider to be the father of modern ultrasound. This biographic account of Boyle's life focuses on his\nultrasound research contributions, particularly the developments during WWI and those in the 10 years after.\nEvidence is presented that his pioneering research, along with that of Langevin, provided much of the foundation\nfor modern ultrasound developments. Although this paper is partially based on somewhat dispersed biographic\ninformation performed by others, original letters and research papers, in addition to records and verbal accounts\nprovided by relatives, have been used and consulted. (E-mail:", 
  "title": "A pioneer in the development of modern ultrasound: Robert William Boyle (1883\u20131955)", 
  "type": "article-journal", 
  "id": "848790"
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