John Joly

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Birthday
1, 1857
Birthplace
Ireland
Death Date
Dec 8, 1933 (76)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
1, 1857
Birthplace
Ireland
Death Date
Dec 8, 1933 (76)

About

Renowned for his pioneering use of radiation therapy to treat cancer, this late 19th and early 20th-century physicist and geologist is also remembered for his groundbreaking radium dating method of investigating geological data.

Before Fame

After earning an engineering degree from Trinity College, Dublin, he began teaching in the college's Geology and Mineralogy department.

Trivia

Apart from his geological work, he invented the Joly Colour process of color photography.

Family Life

He was born and raised in Bracknagh, Ireland. His cousin, Charles Jasper Joly, was a notable nineteenth-century astronomer.

Associated With

He collaborated with nuclear physicist Ernest Rutherford on a 1913 geologic investigation that proved the Devonian period to have been at least 400 million years in the past.