IOP pays tribute to MRI pioneer Sir Peter Mansfield

10 February 2017

The IOP was saddened to hear of the death of Professor Sir Peter Mansfield, pioneer in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and honorary fellow of the Institute, who died on 8 February at the age of 83.

IOP pays tribute to MRI pioneer Sir Peter Mansfield
University of Nottingham

The IOP's chief executive, Professor Paul Hardaker, said: “Sir Peter’s work has had such a profound influence on so many of our lives. It transformed the way we use imaging tools to diagnose illness and help guide treatment, and the modern version of MRI systems are now also being used to help us understand more about conditions such as Parkinson’s, schizophrenia and dementia. A great scientist, a great pioneer and hugely deserving of his 2003 Nobel Prize.”

Professor Richard Bowtell, director of the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre and member of staff at the University of Nottingham’s School of Physics and Astronomy, said: “As well as being the founding father of our field of research and someone who really did change the world, Sir Peter was a great mentor and inspiration to the many researchers who benefited from the opportunity to work in his lab. We’ll all sorely miss him.”

A full obituary of Sir Peter will be published soon on MyIOP.

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