Sir Peter Mansfield life and biography

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Sir Peter Mansfield biography

Date of birth : 1933-10-09
Date of death : -
Birthplace : London, England, UK
Nationality : British
Category : Science and Technology
Last modified : 2011-09-20
Credited as : physicist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine,

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Sir Peter Mansfieldis an English physicist who, with American chemist Paul Lauterbur, won the 2003 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for the development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a computerized scanning technology that produces images of internal body structures, especially those comprising soft tissues.

Mansfield received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of London in 1962. Following two years as a research associate in the United States, he joined the faculty of the University of Nottingham, where he became professor in 1979. Mansfield was knighted in 1993.

Sir Peter Mansfield dropped out of high school at 15, after being told by a guidance counselor that he had no aptitude for science. He spent several years as a menial worker in a print shop and, later worked in a supply room, and served two years in the British military. He then attended night school to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma, and entered college at the age of 23.

After earning two degrees in physics, he developed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the computerized scanning system that produces internal images of body structures. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2003, along with Paul C. Lauterbur, whose separate work was also crucial to the development of MRI. Mansfield was knighted in 1993.


Knight of the British Empire 1993
Nobel Prize for Medicine 2003 (with Paul C. Lauterbur)
Royal Society

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