Cobalt Blues

The Story of Leonard Grimmett, the Man Behind the First Cobalt-60 Unit in the United States

Authors: Almond, Peter R.

  • Leonard Grimmett's full story is now told for the first time
  • Covers the history of the development of the cobalt-60 radiotherapy treatment units
  • Describes the differences between the Oak Ridge graphite reactor and the Canadian Chalk River reactor and their capabilities for producing suitable cobalt-60 sources
  • Describes the various individuals involved and their interactions and how this has led to the development of one of the world's largest cancer centers and one of the world's largest medical physics programs
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For the last half of the 20th century cobalt-60 units were the mainstay of radiation treatments for cancer. This book describes the development of the first cobalt -60 unit in the United States and the man behind it, Leonard Grimmett. Conceptually conceived before World War II it only became possible because of the development of nuclear reactors during the war. The initial idea was to replace the radium in the contemporary units of the time with cobalt-60, but with the realization that the reactors could produce much more cobalt-60 than originally thought the design of the cobalt-60 unit was drastically changed to take advantage that the application of the inverse square law to cancer radiation treatments would make.
Although Grimmett conceived of and published his ideas first, the Canadians built the first units because of the capability of their reactor to produce more suitable cobalt-60 sources.
The story tells how Grimmett and the other people involved came together at the time that the U S Atomic Energy Agency was pushing the use of radioactivity in medicine. But Grimmett died suddenly before his unit could be built and very little information about him was known until recently when various documents have come to light, allowing the full story to be told.

About the authors

Dr. Almond received his undergraduate honors degree in physics from Nottingham University and his training in medical physics from Bristol University. He moved to the United States in 1959 and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in nuclear physics from Rice University in Houston. From 1964 to 1985 he worked at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he served as the head of the Radiation Physics section and director of the Cyclotron Unit and Professor of Biophysics. He is now retired but teaches part-time and is writing the early history of the physics department at MDACC.

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“Author Peter R. Almond, Ph. D., used Grimmett’s journals, notes and scientific documents to paint an intimate portrait of the man’s journey from England to Texas and the resolve Grimmett dedicated to the effort to see that his life’s work and the widespread application of radiation therapy would become a reality. … This is a good resource for those looking for a research reference and a nice retrospective for connoisseurs of medical history … .” (Matt Ragghianti, ASRT Scanner, February-March, 2016)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1941–1949

    Almond, Peter R.

    Pages 1-8

  • The Journey, January 29 to February 7, 1949

    Almond, Peter R.

    Pages 9-10

  • Early Life and Education, London, 1903–1929

    Almond, Peter R.

    Pages 11-13

  • Medical Physicist Part I, London, 1929–1944

    Almond, Peter R.

    Pages 15-27

  • The Unknown Years and UNESCO, Paris, 1944–1948

    Almond, Peter R.

    Pages 29-33

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cobalt Blues
Book Subtitle
The Story of Leonard Grimmett, the Man Behind the First Cobalt-60 Unit in the United States
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-4924-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-4924-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-4923-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9520-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 158
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