Hugh F. Stoddart
Hugh F. Stoddart, co-founder and director of Senscio Systems passed away on August 24, 2017.
Hugh had extensive experience in the management of high-tech companies including Atomic Instrument Company (VP), Baird Corporation (VP), Atomium Corporation (Pres.), Perkin-Elmer’s Laser Department (Manager) and many more. He also served on several boards of directors and scientific advisory boards and has 40+ patents.
After one year at Caltech, Hugh found himself training for the invasion of Japan. The bomb was dropped and he went to Korea to serve as an x-ray technician in a forward MASH unit. On return, he completed his studies with a major in physics and a minor in biology. After several years at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory Physics Division, he went on to MIT for graduate studies and research in nuclear physics.
He left MIT in 1954 to join Atomic Instrument Company where he developed an internationally recognized product line of nuclear instrumentation including the first positron coincidence brain scanner at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the first multichannel gamma-ray spectrometer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He oversaw the development of a low-power, high-reliability computer for the Naval Research Laboratory. In 1956, when Atomic merged with Baird Associates, Hugh introduced the first high-speed cardiac camera and a line of portable monitoring instruments.
Hugh founded Atomium Corporation where he received the Master Design award for the first nuclear medicine blood volume measurement instrument for operating room use.
In 1963, after Atomium was bought by Miles Laboratories, Hugh began an ongoing consulting practice that included work for various technology-based companies and the US government. Joining Cleon Corporation, he invented a unique and popular whole-body scanner and, in 1973, invented the novel scanned focal point (SFP) brain imager for nuclear medicine. After Union Carbide Imaging Systems bought Cleon, he and his son, Hugh A., continued the design of the SFP and developed the first 61-tube, wide field-of-view gamma camera.