User:Dr John Wells

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John Wells (retired scientist) is Chairman of the West Lothian Archaeological Trust and he is a co-founder of West Lothian Archaeology, a community group which specialises in kite aerial photography (KAP) from the near ultra-violet through to the thermal infra-red parts of the spectrum.


University of Oxford (Corpus Christi College) DPhil (PhD), Clinical Medicine (Radiotherapy and Oncology) 1972 – 1975

University of Leeds Undergraduate work placement in the Department of Medical Physics, MRC Environmental Radiation Unit (whole-body radiation monitor) and the MRC Film Badge Service. This placement, arranged by the late Professor Seymour of Warwick University (formerly of Leeds University), was the beginning of John's adventure into radiation work.

University of Salford MSc, Health Physics (Radiological Health and Safety).

University of Warwick BSc, Physics (Engineering Science subsidiary) Final year projects: Measurement of Van de Graaff accelerator electron beam energy and the X-ray crystallography of spinels.

Foxwood Comprehensive School Seacroft, Leeds.

John is a Chartered Biologist (Fellow of the Society of Biology), Fellow of the Society for Radiological Protection and holder of their Founders' Medal. He was a co-founder of the Journal of [the Society for] Radiological Protection, being its first Executive Editor (1981).

Formerly, he was a Chartered Physicist, Chartered Radiation Protection Professional, Member of the Institution of Nuclear Engineers and Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Before going to Oxford, John was a teacher of mathematics in Manchester. After graduating from Oxford, and until retirement, he was a research radiation biophysicist in the Health Physics Research Section at Berkeley Nuclear Laboratories (CEGB) in Gloucestershire, England. Research interests were: Radioactive particles, skin, hair and blood.

In 1987, John was one of two UK government nominated advisors to the IAEA, for a meeting at the Curie Institute in Paris (with a later meeting in Leningrad) in relation to the skin damage and acute deaths seen after the Chernobyl accident:

Contact: john(at)