Ger­ald Jayson

BORN BER­LIN, NOVEM­BER 18, 1928. DIED LIVER­POOL, JULY 5, 2007, AGED 78.

The Jewish Chronicle - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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