CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3819
TitleProfessor John R. Mallard, Professor of Medical Physics: publications and associated papers
Date1950 - 2007
Extent9 archive boxes: 2.97 linear metres
Creator NameProfessor John R. Mallard, Professor of Medical Physics
Administrative HistoryProfessor John R. Mallard OBE FRSE, is an outstanding pioneer in the field of medical imaging and diagnosis. For over 30 years, thanks to the efforts of the scientific teams in the Department of Biomedical Physics and Bioengineering under the guidance of Professor Mallard, Aberdeen has been at the cutting edge of medical imaging. Professor Mallard has developed two of the most important diagnostic technologies of the 20th century, namely Nuclear Medicine and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging (NMRI).

He started his career by undertaking a P.h.D with the University of Nottingham, completing this in 1952. Whilst engaged in his P.h.D he also worked firstly as a Demonstrator in Physics at the University (1949-1951) and then subsequently as an Assistant Physicist with the Liverpool Radium Institute (1951-1953). After completing his P.h.D, John Mallard was appointed Senior Physicist at Hammersmith Hospital and Postgraduate Medical School in 1953, where he continued to work until 1960. Whilst at Hammersmith Hospital, John Mallard built the first radionuclide imaging device in the UK and was also involved in the first European brain tumour imaging trials.

He moved to Aberdeen in 1965 from London's St. Thomas Hospital to become the University of Aberdeen's first Professor of Medical Physics. Among the many breakthroughs made by Professor Mallard and his Aberdeen team was the development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging with the first whole-body scanner entering service at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in 1980. It was Mallard's group which was responsible for some of the major discoveries which led to this technique becoming clinically viable, and it was hailed by some as the biggest step forward since the discovery of X-rays 85 years earlier. The Mark 2 MRI scanner imaged more than 9,000 patients during the ten years it was installed in a custom-built room at Foresterhill in 1982. Professor Mallard is the recipient of many honours and medals, including the Royal Gold Medal awarded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2002, and the Freedom of the City of Aberdeen on 14 August 2004. Although Professor Mallard retired in 1992 his contribution to medicine has endured with the opening in 1998 of the John Mallard PET Centre at Foresterhill, the only purpose-built facility of its kind in Scotland. He also continues his involvement with both the University and the science he pioneered as Professor Emeritus of Medical Physics at the University of Aberdeen.
SourceDeposited by Professor Mallard on 26 June 2008.
DescriptionPapers written or presented and supplemented by manuscript items. Also includes a DVD 'Conferral of Freedom of City of Aberdeen' and a CD 'A Personal Voyage. The Evolution of Medical Imaging using Radioactivity and Magnetic Resonance'. The collection of papers is based upon his 'Complete List of Publications' which is attached to his CV (curriculum vitae).
ArrangementArranged and prepared by Professor Mallard for deposit with the archives. The collection of papers is based upon his 'Complete List of Publications' which is attached to his CV (curriculum vitae). Originally arranged as -

Boxfile 1: 1950-1969 (References 1-60)
Boxfile 2: 1969-1975 (61-95)
Boxfile 3: 1975-1977 (96-116)
Boxfile 4: 1978-1980 (117-131)
Boxfile 5: 1980-1981 (132-161)
Boxfile 6: 1982-1984 (162-190)
Boxfile 7: 1984-1987 (192-208)
Boxfile 8: 1987-1994 (209-239)
Boxfile 9: 1995-2007 (240-253)

The arrangement and descriptions prepared by Professor Mallard have been maintained and only supplemented/corrected where there are additional, often manuscript, items. As the catalogue is based on the 'Complete List of Publications', there are some papers that are missing, but these are indicated in the catalogue.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Related MaterialMS 3620/109: Oral history interview, 26 April 2001.
MS 3620/183: Oral history Interview, 15 November 2004
MS 3682/4/3/240: Correspondence and papers concerning between Hans Kosterlitz and Professor Mallard

Professor Mallard prepared numerous sets of these offprints but this set (Set 1) is the most complete and contains some manuscript items and annotations. Other sets are held here - Set 2: Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society, Set 3: Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, Set 4: Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine University College London and Set 5: British Institute of Radiology.
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