A Lifetime in Biophysics
Eleanor Blakely talks about her work at Berkeley that began with pioneering research into the use of ion beams for hadron therapy.
Shake hands with Eleanor Blakely and you are only one handshake away from John Lawrence – a pioneer of nuclear medicine and brother of Ernest Lawrence, the Nobel-prize-winning inventor of the cyclotron, the first circular particle accelerator. In 1954 – the year that CERN was founded – John Lawrence began the first use of proton beams from a cyclotron to treat patients with cancer. Twenty years later, as a newly fledged biophysicist, Blakely arrived at the medical laboratory that John had set up at what is now the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. There she came to know John personally and was to become established as a leading expert in the use of ion beams for cancer therapy.