Keene, John Philip 1921 - 1991

John Keene was born on the 16 October 1921. He was educated at King Edward’s School and the University of Birmingham. During the Second world War he was involved in the development of the magnetron. After this he worked on the electromagnetic separation of uranium 235, an important part in the development of the atomic bomb.

After the war he went to Cambridge and completed his PhD with a thesis concerning the charge exchange and ionisation in gas discharge. In 1949 he arrived at the Christie Hospital where as part of team they researched radiation chemistry in relation to radiobiological processes. As the result of research, he helped to carry out during the late 1950s a new method of detecting spectrophotographic method became commonly used in radiation chemistry.