A New Vice Chancellor

Peter Mansfield

in The Long Road to Stockholm

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199664542
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191758461 | DOI:
A New Vice Chancellor

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Shortly after joining the University, Colin Campbell, the Vice Chancellor summoned a meeting offering to help establish a new MRI building. This was opened by the Health Secretary, Virginia Bottomley, on 10th May 1993. At around this time, Peter Morris, rejoined the Centre as a Professor. He chose to have the MRI Centre part of Physics. However, monies raised through non-medical work were confiscated by Physics, who were overdrawn on their grants. He began to have second thoughts about Physics. In October 1992 he was surprised to learn that the Prime Minister, John Major, recommended him for a Knighthood in the Queen’s New Year Honours List. His brother Con died in 1993 aged 68. This influenced him to take early retirement in 1994 at the age of 61. In the meantime, his former student, Roger Ordidge, rejoined him as a Lecturer, but left again after a short period to take a Professorship in the USA. Eventually he retuned to Britain as a Professor at University College, London. His growing concern in the new building was the question of acoustic noise. For shorter scan sequences the acoustic noise levels could be in excess of 130 dB. This led to thoughts on how to reduce noise. From 1994 three research students, Bashar Issa, Mohammed Al-Mugheiry and Martin Benscik worked on flow characteristics of water absorbed in and flowing through bore cores supplied by B.P. His son-in-law, Brett Haywood, later joined by Barry Chapman, continued the work on acoustic noise reduction by introducing a control winding in the gradient coil plates. They achieved a 50dB noise reduction. Their patent, “Active Magnetic Screening of Gradient Coils in NMR Imaging” was taken up by most manufacturers but Philips later stopped paying royalties since they claimed they were not using the idea. They were and this led to continued bad feeling.

Keywords: Vice Chancellor; Virginia Bottomley; Knighthood; active magnetic screening

Chapter.  4396 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Physics

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