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Salad Days at University

Peter Mansfield

in The Long Road to Stockholm

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199664542
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191758461 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664542.003.0003
Salad Days at University

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Roy Wallis and the author both chose Queen Mary College, London to study for their degrees, he in mathematics and the author in Physics. In the first year exams he came top of the class. There were no exams in the second year. In the final year a series of projects were offered. He took one supervised by Jack Powles on the construction of a portable transistorised earth’s field magnetometer. In the final examinations he was awarded a First Class Honours degree. During summer vacations he took various jobs. In his final year he worked at E.R.Watts in Camberwell. This was a scientific instrument making company. He joined a team headed by Dr Ian Young who asked him to develop a piece of transistorised circuitry. While at Watts he met Armin Karpf, also a summer student from Saltzberg. He invited the author and his girlfriend Jean to visit him and his family in Saltzberg. They went on his NSU Prima Motor Scooter. On returning to London he was invited to join Jack Powles research group working on NMR. It was there that he discovered solid echoes, i.e spin echoes in solids. During his second year, the group was joined by John Strange. He worked with Tony Hartland, taking over his project a year later when Tony left for a post doctorate period in the U.S.A. At the end of three years study for a PhD, the author too took a post doctorate position with Charlie Slichter in the Physics Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois. Doug Cutler, a post doc in Jack’s group also decided to go to Urbana working with Professor Ted Rowland in the Department of Metallurgy.

Keywords: Queen Mary College; London University; undergraduate years; post graduate studies; Jack Powles; post doctoral years; Charlie Slichter; University of Illinois

Chapter.  4040 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Physics

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