Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Geoffrey Harding

Institut für Medizintechnik

Universität zu Lübeck
Ratzeburger Allee 160
23562 Lübeck

Phone:+49 451 3101 5410
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Curriculum Vitae

GEOFFREY HARDING was born in Gillingham, UK, in 1948. He received his physics degree with honours from the University of Kent in 1969. For his thesis titled “Studies associated with the foil-excited beam spectroscopic source” he received his Ph.D. in 1974. He performed post-doctoral work, in association with Newcastle University UK (1974 - 1976), to investigate coherent optical processing in radiography. From 1976 to 2003 he was employed at the Philips Research Laboratory in Hamburg, Germany, holding the position of 'Research Fellow'. He initiated the research project there on 'X-ray scatter imaging' and supervised the various research activities which developed from it. These included Compton scatter imaging (industrial and defence applications); coherent scatter imaging (security, medical and industrial applications); and X-ray generation (monochromatic radiation sources, transmission anodes, micro-focus X-ray sources). From 2003 to 2015 he held the position of Chief Scientist in MorphoDetection GmbH, Germany. In this capacity invented and designed MorphoDetection’s XDI (X-ray diffraction imaging) series of products for Cabin Baggage and Hold Baggage Screening. Since 1995 he is appointed as a Visiting Professor from the department of Physics at the University of Surrey, UK, and the University of Shenyang.

Geoffrey Harding is author of over eighty publications including numerous invited review articles.
His article 'X ray diffraction computed tomography' was awarded the S. Greenfield prize (best publication in Medical Physics) by the Association of American Physicists in Medicine in 1988. The ComScan system, of which he is the inventor, was awarded the Innovation Prize of the Confederation of German Industry in 1991. As a particular honour he received the prestigious Roentgen Medal in 1995, the centennial anniversary of the discovery of X-rays.