Alfred Gordon Gaydon
1911 – 2004
Who was Alfred Gordon Gaydon?
He was brought up at Surbiton, Surrey, where he attended Kingston Grammar School. There he became a keen oarsman, later rowing for Imperial College, London, and Kingston Rowing Club. In 1929 he graduated in Physics from the Royal College of Science and, after a period of post graduate study there accepted a post at the Shirley Institute of the Cotton Research Association near Manchester.
He is perhaps best known, however, for his ability to see Ultraviolet light. In 1936, while he was working at the Shirley Institute, a laboratory explosion damaged his eye, which was later removed. His remaining eye, which had the lens removed was blind. But slowly, he began to regain sight and discovered that he could now see ultraviolet, although he perceived the color as blue.
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- Sep 26, 1911
- Apr 16, 2004
on July 23, 2013
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