Posted February 28th, 2006
Polytechnic University is pleased to announce the
appointment of Dr. Gordon Danby as a Research Professor in the
Department of Civil Engineering.
Dr Danby invented super-conducting magnetically levitated trains (maglev trains),
the first economically viable, environmentally friendly, high speed
ground transportation that is comfortable and safe for passengers.
Danby's concepts were used in the electromagnetic lattice design of the
world's then most powerful accelerator located near Chicago. He also
pioneered superconducting magnetics, building the first large system,
which operated for years as part of the accelerator. He was a member of
the Nobel Prize winning experiment which studied the properties of the neutrino.
Danby is also a pioneer of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRT). His
magnetic design work with Long Island based Fonar Corporation formed
the basis for the world's first commercially successful medical
scanners. Dr. Danby has also played a principal role in building the
world's largest precise superconducting magnetic energy storage device.
Fundamental particle magnetic movements of great theoretical
significance were measured to one-third parts per million accuracy.
Dr. Danby, was a co-recipient, with James Powell, of the 2000 Benjamin
Franklin Medal in Engineering, awarded the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.