BORN BERLIN, NOVEMBER 18, 1928. DIED LIVERPOOL, JULY 5, 2007, AGED 78.
RADIATION EXPERT Professor Gerald Jayson left Germany on a Kindertransport in 1939 as 10year-old Gert Jacobowitz and was sent to a Northern Ireland training farm at Millisle, County Down.
His remarkable intellect was noted by a Jewish welfare visitor who got him transferred to grammar school. He gained a science degree at Queen’s University Belfast in 1950 and his doctorate at Durham in 1952 while a research chemist for Unilever. He changed his name before marrying medical student Sylvia Goodman in 1953.
Joining Liverpool Polytechnic as senior lecturer in 1955, he became professor of radiation chemistry in 1988. He retired in 1993 as emeritus professor of what had become John Moores University. In the mid-1960s he was briefly a visiting professor in Burma on behalf of the International Atomic Energy Authority. He wrote three academic books and numerous research papers.
In the 1960s-70s cold war period, he was a Liverpool radiation safety officer, with a reserved place in a city-centre bunker in the event of nuclear war.
He was secretary and chairman of Allerton Synagogue and active locally in the Association of Jewish Refugees.
He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.