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Peter Mansfield

Born: 9-Oct-1933
Birthplace: London, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Magnetic resonance imaging

Military service: Royal Army (1952-54)

Sir Peter Mansfield dropped out of high school at 15, after being told by a guidance counselor that he had no aptitude for science. He spent several years as a menial worker in a print shop and, later worked in a supply room, and served two years in the British military. He then attended night school to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma, and entered college at the age of 23.

After earning two degrees in physics, he developed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the computerized scanning system that produces internal images of body structures. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2003, along with Paul C. Lauterbur, whose separate work was also crucial to the development of MRI. Mansfield was knighted in 1993.

Father: Sidney George Mansfield (gas company worker)
Mother: Rose Lillian Mansfield
Brother: Conrad William Mansfield
Brother: Sidney Albert Mansfield
Wife: Jean Margaret Kibble (m. 1-Sep-1962, two daughters)

    High School: Peckham Central School, London, England
    High School: William Penn School, London, England (dropped out)
    University: BS Physics, University of London (1959)
    University: PhD Physics, University of London (1962)
    Scholar: Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1962-64)
    Teacher: Physics, University of Nottingham (1964-79)
    Professor: Physics, University of Nottingham (1979-83)
    Scholar: Physics, Medical Research Council (1983-88)
    Professor: Physics, University of Nottingham (1988-94)

    Knight of the British Empire 1993
    Nobel Prize for Medicine 2003 (with Paul C. Lauterbur)
    Royal Society


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