Conference on Modern Challenges in Imaging
In the Footsteps of Allan MacLeod Cormack
On the Fortieth Anniversary of his Nobel Prize

August 5-9, 2019, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts

From 1957 to 1995, Allan MacLeod Cormack was a University Professor at Tufts. His pioneering work published in 1963 and 1964 provided the mathematical foundations of computerized tomography (CT) and thereby the first practical method to "see into" an object without physically breaking it open. Along with the engineer Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield, he won the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for this work.

40 years later, the international conference on Modern Challenges in Imaging will honor the achievements of Tufts only Nobel Laureate and keep his thriving legacy up by gathering top international researchers in mathematics, engineering, science, and medicine. A broad range of tomographic modalities, mathematics, and applications will be presented to provide an overview of the different aspects and foster new collaborations.

A personal and historical talk about Allan Cormack will be given by his nephew George Read.

(Picture of Professor Cormack courtesy of Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University)

Link to Allan Cormack's Wikipedia page
Allan MacLeod Cormack was my great uncle on my mother's side. Growing up in Cape Town, we often discussed the important work of Uncle Allan, which also became the topic of many school projects and excursions.

It was with great admiration that I watched my late grandmother Amy receive a posthumous award on Uncle Allan's behalf, making him one of the first recipients of the order of Mapungubwe, South Africa's highest honour.

As a way to honour the work of Uncle Allan and to celebrate his South African origins and his love of the outdoors and climbing, I have illustrated the South African National flower, the king protea (Protea cynaroides), as well as Table Mountain.

Amy-Jean Hahndiek
The Hague, Netherlands
© Amy-Jean Hahndiek