Vernon Ellis Cosslett

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Vernon Ellis Cosslett
Born (1908-06-16)16 June 1908
Died (1990-11-21)21 November 1990
Scientific career
Institutions University of Cambridge
Notable students Peter Duncumb

Vernon Ellis Cosslett, FRS[1] (16 June 1908 – 21 November 1990) was a British microscopist.

He worked with William Lawrence Bragg at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University on the electron microscope and founded the Electron Microscopy Department. He also developed improved x-ray machines.[2]

Cosslett was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1972[1] and won the Royal Medal in 1979 "In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the design and development of the X-ray microscope, the scanning electron microprobe analyser, the high voltage and ultrahigh resolution (2.5A) electron microscopes and their applications in many disciplines."[3]

He was elected president of the Royal Microscopical Society.[2] and was also instrumental in the creation of International Federation of Societies for Electron Microscopy where he was president from 1970 till 1973.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Mulvey, T. (1994). "Vernon Ellis Cosslett. 16 June 1908-21 November 1990". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 40: 62–84. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1994.0029. 
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  3. ^ "Janus: The Papers of Dr (Vernon) Ellis Cosslett". Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  4. ^ Hawkes, Peter W. "Advances in Imaging and Electron Physics Volume 96, Preface". ScienceDirect. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  5. ^ Mulvey, Tom; Kazan, Benjamin; Hawkes, Peter W; Cosslett, Vernon Ellis (article author) (3 July 1996). "1". Early History of the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy (from The Growth of Electron Microscopy, Volume 96) (PDF) (2012 ed.). San Diego: Academic Press. pp. 3–35. ISBN 9780120147380. Retrieved 19 May 2017.