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Raymond Gosling (1926-2015)

portrait photograph of Raymond Gosling as a young manRaymond GoslingRaymond Gosling was born in 1926 and attended school in Wembley and studied physics at University College London from 1944 to 1947.

He was a hospital physicist at the King's Fund and Middlesex Hospital between 1947 and 1949 before joining King's as a research student.

Gosling pioneered x-ray diffraction research at King's and collaborated closely with Maurice Wilkins in analysing samples of DNA that the two men prepared by hydrating and drawing out into spider's-web filaments and photographing in a hydrogen atmosphere.

Raymond Gosling, 2003Raymond Gosling, 2003Together they produced the first crystalline diffraction photographs at King's showing an x-pattern of black dots.

Gosling briefly remained at King's following completion of his thesis in 1954 before lecturing in physics at Queen's College, University of St Andrews, and at the University of the West Indies.

He returned to the UK in 1967 and became Lecturer and Reader at Guy's Hospital Medical School, and Professor and Emeritus Professor in Physics Applied to Medicine from 1984.

Ray Gosling served on numerous committees of the University of London, notably relating to radiological science, retaining an active professional involvement in medical physics.Ā  He died 18 May 2015.

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