John Turton Randall, 23 March 1905 - 16 June 1984

@article{Wilkins1987JohnTR,
  title={John Turton Randall, 23 March 1905 - 16 June 1984},
  author={Maurice H. F. Wilkins},
  journal={Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  year={1987},
  pages={491 - 535}
}
  • M. Wilkins
  • Published 1 December 1987
  • Education
  • Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
John Randall was an unusual scientist who made outstanding contributions in three very different areas of science. First he made his mark in solid-state physics. Next, for radar he invented (with H. A. H. Boot) the cavity magnetron, which was probably the most decisive contribution of science to the winning of World War II. Lastly, and most significantly, he entered biology and built up a biophysics laboratory that was a world leader in pioneering the new area of molecular biology and… 
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