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Author Topic: Sir Peter Mansfield - The One That Got Away!  (Read 487 times)
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« on: March 20, 2017, 16:30:21 PM »

Sir Peter Mansfield, who died aged 83 last month, was a Professor in the School of Physical Sciences at Nottingham University.
Together with another, he was responsible for the development of the MRI scanning technique for which work he was jointly awarded, with Peter Lauterbur,  the 2003 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine.
Prior to this he had also been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Kent in 1996.
Having left school at 15 to serve as a printer's apprentice he later entered Queen Mary's College in London as a mature student in scientific, medical research, earning a reputation for being 'bolshy' in the matter of refusing to have the compulsory x-ray by a visiting X-ray unit on the grounds that he would be receiving too large a dose of radiation.
He and the College Registrar got round this by letting him have it done at the London Hospital where the dose was lower!  It is believed that this was when he probably had the idea of replacing x-rays by a safer imaging method.
On graduating with a First in Physics Mansfield was then offered a research position with his tutor, Dr. Jack Powles who had introduced the technique of pulsed Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.  (Dr. Powles was later appointed to the first established Chair of Physics at the University of Kent when the university first started in 1964, bringing with him the powerful NMR magnet which has since been donated to the Science Museum.)
In 1962 Peter Mansfield went to Illinois, USA as a Research Associate for two years.  On his return, Professor Powles then offered him a job as a lecturer at the fledgling University of Kent but, disappointingly, the University of Nottingham outbid Kent to secure the services of this brilliant young scientist for itself.
Mansfield's subsequent development of the MRI technique led to him patenting the process for the benefit of himself and his university in Nottingham.
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