Paul Lauterbur dies

The chemist and physicist won the Nobel Prize for helping develop MRI

Kirsten Weir
Mar 28, 2007
Paul Lauterbur, who shared the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for developing a way to create noninvasive images of the human body with nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), died from kidney disease on March 27. He was 77.
"He's really considered the father of the field of MRI," Charles Springer, director of the Advanced Imaging Research Center at Oregon Health and Science University, told The Scientist. Lauterbur first became interested in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy while working at the Mellon Institute and simultaneously taking graduate courses in Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. He joined the faculty of the State University of New York in Stony Brook in 1969 and continued to explore NMR, using the technique to study carbon-13. In those early days of NMR, chemists studied the properties of atoms and molecules by analyzing them under a magnetic field. They strove to create a uniform...

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