Nobel Prize Speculation

Peter Mansfield

in The Long Road to Stockholm

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199664542
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191758461 | DOI:
Nobel Prize Speculation

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The American Journal “Diagnostic Imaging” speculated about who might be awarded the Nobel Prize for magnetic resonance imaging in 1993. Many people were canvassed for there views in the States and Europe including Paul Lauterbur and Raymond Damadian. Both Brian Worthington and the author declined to comment. With the passage of time interest and speculation waned and the whole episode was forgotten. He had retired in 1994 but was concentrating on acoustic problems. Following the initial stir of interest in the Nobel further interest had largely been forgotten. For the New Millennium they celebrated with the family at Stapleford Park Country Hotel. One year later he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Fortunately following a radical prostatectomy, all seems to be well. Efforts in quiet gradient technology intensified. However, on 5 October 2003 he was informed that the Nobel Committee had awarded him and Lauterbur with the Nobel Prize in Medicine. After the shock and excitement they prepared for the trip to Stockholm later in October. A week or so before leaving, Damadian published a two page advertisement in the Times, saying why he should be awarded the Nobel. A translation of this appeared in the Swedish Newspaper the Dagens Nyhetter, timed to appear on the very day of the Nobel Lectures. The week was packed with interesting events and parties culminating with the official Award presentation/ceremony made by King Carl Gustaf. This was followed by a scrumptious meal in the Reception Hall of the Town Hall. The following day, their two daughters left for home. They visited the University of Upsala, met an old friend then returned to Stockholm for a very grand reception and dinner at the royal palace. While there they met personally with Queen Silvia and the King. They returned to England the following day.

Keywords: “Diagnostic Imaging”; Nobel Prize; Damadian; King and Queen of Sweden

Chapter.  3877 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Physics

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