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Beyond the Nobel

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/9780199664542.003.0015
Beyond the Nobel

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Jean and the author have two daughters, Sarah, 46 and Gillian 43. Sarah has two daughters, while Gillian has two sons. Gillian’s husband, Brett worked in his small research and development company General Magnetic, for around 16 years and latterly as a part-time consultant to the company. During Brett’s full time employment, he was joined for several years by Barry Chapman. Together they worked on the acoustic noise problem, producing a large head- sized gradient coil together with a noise reduction winding. Unfortunately, the noise reduction amounted to just 30 dB or so. In 2004 his colleague Tony Horswill took him to the British Radio Spectroscopy Group Meeting in Oxford. Both Jack Powles and John Strange gave papers. He gave a short talk on Solid Echoes and some unexplained behaviour. Shortly before he retired in 1994 he took up flying at the Sherwood Flying Club at Tollerton Airport, close to Nottingham. After a year, and having obtained his PPL he decided to try flying a helicopter. This took a little longer but he obtained his PPLH around 15 months later. In 2006 the National Portrait Gallery committee selected him as a subject to be painted and approached the Times Artistic Awards, 2006 winner, Steven Shankland with the commission. The painting was finished and approved by Sandy Nairn and hung in the Gallery on 12 September 2008. The period from 2006 to 2011 was extremely busy for him with a series of honours and accolades including the Times Higher Award in 2007, the Pride of Britain Award, 2009, the MRC Millennium Medal, 2009 and culminating in the Doctorate Degree in Cambridge.

Keywords: General Magnetic; Brett Haywood and Barry Chapman; 30 dB noise reduction; Portrait Gallery; Honours and Accolades

Chapter.  2981 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Physics

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