Marriage and the American Dream

Peter Mansfield

in The Long Road to Stockholm

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199664542
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191758461 | DOI:
Marriage and the American Dream

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Jean Kibble and the author were married on 1st September 1962. They honeymooned in Inverness, Scotland. Later they sailed to America. A day before docking they heard on the ship’s radio of the ensuing political storm when President John Kennedy challenged Nika Kruschoff the Russian President, over plans to place Russian missiles on Cuban soil. On arrival in Urbana they found a state of panic with air raid sirens sounding and shelter drills being practiced. The panic subsided when Kruschoff turned back the boats carrying the missiles. Doug and Pat Cutler had already arrived in Urbana and had acquired a Triumph sports car. While on a tour in Wyoming in 1965, Pat had a fatal accident. She was cremated at a Chicago Crematorium. Meanwhile he got immersed in a project in Charlie’s laboratory and Jean was employed in the University’s Health Centre. The research students in Charlie’s laboratory seemed far more experienced than he in Physics. Charlie was interested in the NMR of metals and metal alloys. His task was to grow a single crystal of copper doped with a few percent of zinc. In addition he was required to build a double resonance spectrometer to observe the Cu 63 and Cu 65 magnetic resonances. The equipment and copper sample were completed in one year and the experiment tried many times during the second year, but without success. During the last month or so in Urbana he wrote a paper on solid echoes extending the paper by Powles and Strange. While in the states they made two long summer tours of the Southern states visiting Nassau during their second year. Their return to Britain on the USS United States of America was uneventful. He had been offered a Lectureship in the University of Nottingham by Professor Raymond Andrew. He started at Nottingham in mid September 1964.

Keywords: marriage; post-doctoral position; Urbana; Illinois; Professor Slichter; NMR in metals; double resonance; summer vacation round trips; Southern States; Nassau

Chapter.  4460 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Physics

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