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26 January 2007


Jack Boag: Quaker scientist and peacemaker - preview
Quaker peacemakers come in a variety of styles
  • We have our activists and demonstrators but we also have a tradition of 'quiet processes and small circles' and of Friends 'speaking truth to power'
  • Jack Boag was a life-long and dedicated pacifist
  • He was also a brilliant scientist, a quiet and modest man who used his intellectual powers to try to influence political decision-makers towards peace
  • He was an expert in radiation physics and although his work was directed towards the medical uses of radiation he was well informed about nuclear energy and bomb-making
  • He became president of a number of major scientific societies, including the International Association for Radiation Research
  • For the last eleven years of his working life he was professor and head of the medical physics department at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research

  • G. Gordon Steel

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