Event Type: 
Industry Event
Event Date: 
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 18:30
Kings College London
The Strand
WC2R 2LS London
United Kingdom
Event Details: 

One of the greatest impacts on medicine was the invention of the CT scanner in the 1970 and the development of imaging since. Alongside the use of robots and other computer developments this has taken medical specialities such as surgery to new levels.

The impact of technology and engineering in particular on the world of medicine over the past 50 years has been immense. There is no area of medicine which has not been affected and which has not changed due to these innovations.

Her lecture will explore some of the engineering developments over the period and present examples of their impact on areas of medicine and surgery.


After the lecture there will be a reception in the Council Room –

To Help KCL with catering can SMPTE members please register  via the KCL website

The Speaker

Liz Beckmann gained a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at King's College London, where she was one of the few women studying Engineering.
She has been working in the medical imaging world for over 30 years. She started her career with EMI Medical in the early days of computerised tomography (CT).
 She has also worked for GE, AMI hospitals, Picker and was Managing Director of Elscint (GB) before founding Lanmark Medical Innovations, with Dr Neil Ridyard, in 1989.

Liz was President of the British Institute of Radiology from 1993-94, and is co-author of the book "Godfrey Hounsfield: intuitive genius of CT”.

The College

Kings College London was the first University in the UK to have a Department of Engineering - in 1838 - During its long history, engineering students were taught by such eminent scientists as James Clerk Maxwell, Charles Wheatstone and Sir William Siemens. In 1893, the Department of Engineering was the largest School of Engineering for students in the UK.
Engineering at King’s College London has always been at the forefront of its academic discipline, by making notable contributions in research, and providing education of the highest standards – but was closed in 2013 - with Studies in Bio medical engineering, Mechatronics and Telecommunications continuing.  
Kings College is reforming its Engineering Activities in 2015 with  courses in Electrical Engineering.


This event is organised by KCLEA the Alumni organisation for Kings Engineers based on the society of students formed in 1838 – so predating all UK Engineering Societies other than The Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and some 33 years before the IET. 

Its Current President is Peter Weitzel the Hon Secretary and Treasurer of SMPTE UK section


Kings College Strand Campus is at the Aldwych/ North end of Waterloo Bridge with many Buses

 The Closest Tube station is Temple on the District and Circle line - Turn left out of the station up the stairs and left again past the demolished Howard Hotel – turn right into Surrey Street and up the hill. Turn left into the Strand and then Left into the main entrance

Covent Garden on the Piccadilly line is next nearest - head Right of the entrance and walk down James street to the Original Market Building turn left and go around the building and left in Russell St and the Right into Wellington St down the Hill the Strand / Waterloo Bridge junction – Cross to the south east side of the Strand past Somerset House and Kings College vehicle entrance – the main entrance is on the right.

Holborn on the Central line is a ten minute walk away – turn south down Kingsway to the Aldwych – then either way around the Aldwych into the Strand  – Kings College is halfway between the ends on the Aldwych on the South  side of the Strand.

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