Cyril Smith was born in London in 1930. He worked on radar research, the detection and intensification of medical X-ray images, the spectrum of the twilight sky before he joined Salford University in 1964 where he taught and did research in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering until his retirement in 1989.
With over 100 publications, there have been four main streams of research activity through his career: instrument technology, biomedical electronics, dielectric liquids, and electromagnetic effects in biological systems, bio-materials and water. From 1973, co-operation with the late Professor Herbert Fröhlich, FRS led to his studies of the interaction of coherent electromagnetic fields with living systems and biological materials, and coherence effects in water. This work continues. He has in all probability seen and tested more electromagnetically hypersensitive patients than anyone else in the world with the cooperation of Professor W.J. Rea in Dallas, Texas, and Dr. Jean Monro in England.
He has written a book in cooperation with medical journalist Simon Best, entitled Electromagnetic Man. It was published by J.M. Dent in London (1989, 1990) and was awarded “Book of the Year – 1990” prize by Lamberts and the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.