The Martin Black Prize


Martin Black studied Civil Engineering at Strathclyde University, subsequently gained an MSc in fluid mechanics at Durham and later a PhD on elasticity and plasticity of materials at Glasgow University.

His first appointment was at Strathclyde where he lectured on the mechanics of materials.  In 1966 he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Applied Sciences at the University of Sussex and developed a lifelong research interest in the performance of prosthetic heart valves. In 1975 Martin was appointed Professor of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering in Sheffield, a post he held until 1996.

In 1980, when the Hospital Physicists Association launched Clinical Physics and Physiological Measurement, Martin was invited to be the first editor. He fulfilled this role for the next seven years, setting the journal on the path to becoming the success it is today.

Several years ago the Institute decided to introduce a prize for the best paper published in each volume of Physiological Measurement (PMea). In honour of its first editor, this was named the “The Martin Black Prize”. (Martin asked that it was always referred to in this way; he thought the “Black Prize” too funereal!) Martin died suddenly in June 2003, after a history of heart disease.

The prize is made annually for the best scientific paper published in each volume of the Journal.

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