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Dr. D. E. Lea

Nature volume 160, pages 8182 (19 July 1947) | Download Citation



Radiobiology has suffered a serious loss by the death of Douglas Lea as the result of an accident at the early age of thirty-seven. In his short life he had already become one of the leading authorities in the world on the fundamental aspects of the mechanism of the biological actions of ionizing radiations. Fortunately, he had summarized his work and ideas in an excellent book entitled “Actions of Radiations on Living Cells” (Cambridge University Press, 1946). This book is his memorial and is likely to influence radiobiology and radiotherapeutics for many years to come.

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