Papers of John Mark Anthony Lenihan, British clinical physicist, 1918-1993

Scope and Content

  • Autobiographical materials, including curriculum vitae 1929-1992
  • Professor Lenihan's own publications, including newspaper columns, with related reviews and correspondence 1940-1993
  • Notes for lectures by Professor Lenihan, including as Visiting Professor of Chemistry at University of California, Irvine, plus related teaching materials 1958-1992
  • Files re Department of Nursing Studies in Glasgow University 1975-1989
  • Files re biographical studies of historical figures, including Professor Ian Donald 1955-1993
  • Subject files, general 1949-1993
  • Report of committee of enquiry into environmental contamination and morbidity in Bonnybridge and Denny, Falkirk, Scotland, with evidence and other related papers 1984-1989

Administrative / Biographical History

John Mark Anthony Lenihan was born in Carlisle, England in 1918 . He was educated at Armstrong College, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England and at the University of Glasgow, Scotland graduating BSc in 1938 ; MSc in 1941 , and PhD in 1949 . He worked as a demonstrator at Armstrong College between 1938-1945  and lectured at the University of Glasgow from 1945-1948 . He began work as a physicist at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow in 1948 before leaving in 1953 to become Director of Western Regional Hospital Board's Clinical Physics Department [later Department of Clinical Physics and Bio-engineering ], a post he held until 1983. During his time there, he was a pioneer in the application of neutron activation analysis. Other posts held by Lenihan included the Chair of the Joint Committee for National Certificates in Applied Physics and later the Scottish Technical Education Council. Lenihan was also the science correspondent for the Glasgow Herald. He died in Glasgow in 1993 .


The material is arranged into series as described in the scope and content. Within series, the items are generally arranged chronologically.

Access Information

Open, but restrictions apply to some confidential items and a 30 year closure applies to the Bonnybridge morbidity enquiry papers

Acquisition Information

Family member

Other Finding Aids

Manual file level list available in searchroom.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Alistair Tough, GGHB Archivist, 27 July 1998

Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 21 December 2001

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the GGHB Archivist

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 812 procedures

Custodial History

Records held by Professor Lenihan and his family prior to transfer


None expected

Related Material

GB 812 HB 070 Records of Western Regional Hospital Board Regional Physics Department


Lenihan, John, Human engineering: body re-examined (London, 1974)