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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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    <subfield code="a">Abstract—Robert William Boyle was one of the pioneers in the development and application of ultrasound. His
remarkable career has not been previously traced in any depth, nor have his contributions, especially those
during WWI, been carefully described. In collaboration with Lord Rutherford, his work on the development of
ultrasound methods for submarine detection paralleled those in France under Paul Langevin (1872–1946), who
many consider to be the father of modern ultrasound. This biographic account of Boyle's life focuses on his
ultrasound research contributions, particularly the developments during WWI and those in the 10 years after.
Evidence is presented that his pioneering research, along with that of Langevin, provided much of the foundation
for modern ultrasound developments. Although this paper is partially based on somewhat dispersed biographic
information performed by others, original letters and research papers, in addition to records and verbal accounts
provided by relatives, have been used and consulted. (E-mail: cobbold@ecf.utoronto.ca)</subfield>
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