Lenihan, John

Reference HB88
Dates of Creation 1929-93
Name of Creator Lenihan, John Mark Anthony (British clinical physicist : 1918-1993)
Language of Material English
Physical Description 2 metres

Scope and Content

Autobiographical materials, including curriculum vitae 1929-1992
Professor Lenihan's own publications, including newspaper columns, with related reviews and correspondence 1940-1993
Notes for lectures by Professor Lenihan, including as Visiting Professor of Chemistry at University of California, Irvine, plus related teaching materials 1958-1992
Files re Department of Nursing Studies in Glasgow University 1975-1989
Files re biographical studies of historical figures, including Professor Ian Donald 1955-1993
Subject files, general 1949-1993
Report of committee of enquiry into environmental contamination and morbidity in Bonnybridge and Denny, Falkirk, Scotland, with evidence and other related papers 1984-1989

Administrative / Biographical History

John Mark Anthony Lenihan was born in Carlisle in 1918. He was educated at Armstrong College, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and at the University of Glasgow graduating BSc in 1938 ; MSc in 1941 , and PhD in 1949.
He worked as a demonstrator at Armstrong College between 1938-1945  and lectured at the University of Glasgow from 1945-1948. He began work as a physicist at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow in 1948 before leaving in 1953 to become Director of Western Regional Hospital Board's Clinical Physics Department [later Department of Clinical Physics and Bio-engineering ], a post he held until 1983.
During his time there, he was a pioneer in the application of neutron activation analysis. Other posts held by Lenihan included the Chair of the Joint Committee for National Certificates in Applied Physics and later the Scottish Technical Education Council. Lenihan was also the science correspondent for the Glasgow Herald. He died in Glasgow in 1993 .

Chronological within record series

Conditions Governing Access
Mostly open, but restrictions apply to some confidential items and a 30 year closure applies to the Bonnybridge morbidity enquiry papers

Acquisition Information
Mrs Nancy Lenihan

Other Finding Aids
Descriptive list

Alternative Form Available
No known copies

Archivist's Note
Fonds level description compiled by Alistair Tough, GGHB Archivist, 27 July 1998, revised 3 June 2019

Appraisal Information
This material has been appraised in line with standard procedures

Custodial History
Records held by Professor Lenihan and his family prior to transfer

None expected

Related Material
HB70 Records of Department of Clinical Physics and Bio Engineering

Lenihan, John, Human engineering: body re-examined (London, 1974)