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Name: Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield                                                 
Born: 28 August 1919                                                             
Died: 12 August 2004                                                             
Sir Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield  (28 August 1919 - 12 August 2004) was             
an English electrical engineer who shared the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physiology or 
Medicine with Allan McLeod Cormack for his part in developing the diagnostic     
technique of X-ray computed tomography (CT).                                     
His name is immortalised in the Hounsfield scale, a quantitative measure of       
radiodensity used in evaluating CT scans. The scale is defined in Hounsfield     
units (symbol HF), running from air at -1000 HF, through water at 0 HF, and up   
to bone at +1000 HF.