George Samuel Hurst was a health physicist and professor of physics at the University of Kentucky. Hurst was born on 13 October 1927 in the rural town of Ponza, Bell County, Kentucky located near Pineville, Kentucky, his father was James H. Hurst and mother was Myrtle Wright Hurst; as a boy, he had a keen interest in Thomas Edison. Hurst came from a large family with two brothers and two sisters. In 2010, he was buried at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. Hurst attended high school at Bell County High School in Kentucky. At the age of 15, he enrolled in Berea College. In 1947, Hurst received a B. A. degree in physics and a minor in mathematics from Berea College. He attended the University of Kentucky and graduated in 1948 with the M. S. degree in physics. During registration at UK, he met Rufus Ritchie. Ritchie became the two worked on several projects together. After graduation, they both went to ORNL. In 1959, Hurst was awarded a Ph. D. in physics from the University of Tennessee with a dissertation titled "Attachment of Low-Energy Electrons in Mixtures Containing Oxygen."
In 1948, Hurst was recruited by Karl Z. Morgan and landed a research position at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Health Physics Division, his starting salary was $325 per month. He made significant contributions in the development of radiation detectors and instrumentation, neutron dosimetry and spectroscopy, field sample analysis. While working at Oak Ridge, he earned a PhD in physics from the University of Tennessee in 1959. In 1966, Hurst accepted a position at the University of Kentucky as Professor of Physics. Hurst and the team of L. J. Deal and H. H. Rossi performed gamma and neutron radiation measurements at the Nevada Test Site during Operation Upshot–Knothole for the Atomic Energy Commission. For Operation PLUMBBOB, Hurst was again asked to participate along with Ritchie at the Nevada Test Site to collect radiation dosimetry data for human exposures during the tests. In the 1960s, Hurst along with L. B. O'Kelly, E. B. Wagner, J. A. Stockdale, James E. Parks, F. J. Davis investigated time-of-flight electron transport in gases.
The group utilized ethylene, water vapor and hydrogen to study and determine time-of-flight electron diffusion coefficients and electron drift velocities for these gases. Hurst led efforts to investigate time-of-flight of electron transport in molecular gases. In the mid 1960s, Hurst pursued researches that involved electron swarm measurement, swarm‐beam techniques and swarm drift to determine electron capture cross sections in heavy water, bromobenzene and ethylene mixtures. IR-100 Award, 3 awards Union Carbide, Corporate fellow American Physical Society, fellow University of Kentucky, Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni, member Berea College, D. Sc. Honorary degree University of Tennessee, Physics Department, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2005 University of Tennessee, Physics Department, G. Samuel and Betty P. Hurst Scholarship Fund. Method and apparatus for noble gas atom detection with isotopic selectivity, 1984. Method of analyzing for a component in a sample, 1984. Method and apparatus for sensitive atom counting with high isotopic selectivity, 1987.
Double pulsed time-of-flight mass spectrometer, 1987. Sensitive, effective at low doses and low energy, 1987. Ionizing radiation detector system, 1990. HVAC system. Radon monitor and control system based upon alpha particle detection, 1991. System for determining health risk due to radon progeny and uses thereof, 1993. Instrument simulator system, 1994. Instrument simulator system, 1995. Touch screen based topological mapping with resistance framing design, 2003. Touch sensor with non-uniform resistive band, 2007. Touch screen with conductive grid, 2010. Multiple-touch sensor, 2011 Hurst founded or co-founded five businesses: Elographics, 1971. Developed a version of resistive touchscreen technology. Several patents secured. Electrical Sensor of Plane Coordinates. Atom Sciences Pellissippi International, 1988. Consultec Scientific, 1990
Drums of Fu Manchu is a 15-chapter Republic movie serial based on the character created by Sax Rohmer. Though using the title of the ninth novel in the series, it is based on numerous elements from throughout the series to that point, cherry-picked by the writers, it starred William Royle and Robert Kellard. It was directed by the legendary serial team of William Witney and John English and is considered one of the best movie serials made. Fu Manchu attempts to conquer the world by acquiring the sceptre of Genghis Khan, which will unite the people of Asia under his rule. Allan Parker allies himself with the traditional British literary nemeses of Fu Manchu, Sir Denis Nayland Smith and his associate, Dr. Flinders Petrie after his father is kidnapped and killed by Fu Manchu's dacoits. Henry Brandon as Fu Manchu William Royle as Sir Denis Nayland Smith Robert Kellard as Allan Parker Gloria Franklin as Fah Lo Suee Olaf Hytten as Dr. Flinders Petrie Tom Chatterton as Professor Edward Randolph Luana Walters as Mary Randolph John Merton as Loki Dwight Frye as Professor Anderson Lal Chand Mehra as Sirdar Prahni Drums of Fu Manchu was budgeted at $164,052 although the final negative cost was $166,312.
It was the most expensive Republic serial of 1940, although this year was the first in which Republic's overall spending on serial production was less than in the previous year. Republic spent $597,528 producing serials in 1940 compared to $648,064 in 1939; the studio produced four serials in each year, with the same mix of two 12-chapter serials and two 15-chapter serials. The serial was filmed between December 22, 1939 and February 7, 1940, the longest filming period of any Republic serial; the serial's production number was 995. Directors Witney and English, working with photographer William Nobles, stressed the elements of mystery in the plot over the usual action. Strong use of shadows was made with "the eeriest lighting possible falling upon Fu Manchu."It was one of the rare films made under the Production Code to allow the villain to escape at the end. According to serial expert Alan Barbour, the Hays Office accepted the explanation that Fu Manchu always "got away" at the end of his novels to wreak further havoc in the next adventure, Republic may well have been considering follow-ups.
Drums of Fu Manchu's official release date is March 15, 1940, although this is the date the seventh chapter was made available to film exchanges. A 69-minute feature film version of the same name was created by editing the serial footage together and released on November 27, 1943; the feature version had the working titles Fu Fu Manchu Strikes. It was one of fourteen feature films; this version changed the ending of the film. Fu Manchu's escape at the end is edited out and he dies in the final car crash instead. A similar change was made in the feature version of the Victory Pictures serial Shadow of Chinatown; the complete serial was released on region 1 DVD in the US by VCI Entertainment on February 25, 2003. Harmon and Glut regard Drums of Fu Manchu as one of Republic's best film serials. Brandon as Fu Manchu is, in Cline's opinion, "a performance that stands alone."Hans J. Wollstein, writing at Allmovie, concurs that Drums of Du Fu Manchu is "one of best" serials, he does, note mistakes such as the misspelling of "Ghengis Khan" and Fu Manchu referring to Mary Randolph as "Miss Parker" but considers them part of the charm of the serial.
In terms of acting, Brandon is a "compelling and strangely ageless fiend" while Kellard is "competent as the action hero." Witney and English are afforded the usual praise for their work. Fu Manchu Strikes The Monster Ransom in the Sky The Pendulum of Doom The House of Terror Death Dials a Number Vengeance of the Si Fan Danger Trail The Crystal of Death Drums of Doom The Tomb of Genghis Khan Fire of Vengeance The Devil's Tattoo Satan's Surgeon Revolt! Source:This was one of Republic's two 15-chapter serials in 1940; the other was Mysterious Doctor Satan. Following their standard practice of 1938-1944, Republic released two 12-chapter serials in this year, Adventures of Red Ryder and King of the Royal Mounted. List of film serials by year List of film serials by studio Yellow Peril Drums of Fu Manchu on IMDb Drums of Fu Manchu on IMDb Drums of Fu Manchu at AllMovie Drums of Fu Manchu at the TCM Movie Database