William A. Edelstein

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William A. Edelstein was born in Gloversville, New York back in 1944 to Arthur and Hannah. His father was in the United States Air Force, so he moved several times graduating from Glenbrook North High School in 1962. He received his Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Illinois in 1965.

He continued his education at Harvard University with a master’s degree in physics in 1967. After his postdoctoral research in Scotland he worked for General Electric from 1980 to 2001. During his career he received 49 patents, he was named a fellow of the American Physical Society in 1988. He died of lung cancer in 2014, he was 69.

What you may not know about William is that he was one of the key developers for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). He was the primary inventor of the spin-warp imaging, which is still used in all commercial MRI systems.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray what a wonderful addition to improving the quality of life .... without an MRI, it's a guessing game.... the MRI is a life saving tool... thanks for sharing this information about William Edelstein....

Oct 27, 2019 02:36 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Now I know how some feel with my trivia questions, no clue! Enjoy your day!

Oct 27, 2019 04:40 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well this one one of the most important equipment that has made it so helpful for so many folks. Have a great weekend.

Oct 27, 2019 05:00 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Many careers have been extended from its use!

Probably not used on politicians as it would just show a void bigger than a black hole!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 27, 2019 05:20 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... another brilliant person who gave us something we now tend to take for granted and who died too soon.

Oct 27, 2019 05:36 AM #5
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I love your posts - I learn so much about how things began!  THanks! 

THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE BIRTHDAY WISHES!  I am so blessed to be part of this wonderful community of Active Rain! 

Oct 27, 2019 06:22 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. What an amazing story. Gone too soon but made the world a better place.                    

Oct 27, 2019 06:35 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi James - reading his story, it makes me wonder about his other patents.  

Oct 27, 2019 06:43 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The MRI is the go-to test to run when other tests aren't showing anything amiss.

Oct 27, 2019 07:15 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great invention that is, and has served so many to enjoy a longer life.  A

Oct 27, 2019 11:23 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- this is one of those inventions that almost all of us have benefited from!!!

Oct 27, 2019 01:36 PM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray,

As we get older, many of us have had to get an MRI but I am glad that William invented it!

Oct 27, 2019 04:12 PM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

William sounds like an intuitive inventer that saw problems and worked hard to develop solutions.

Oct 27, 2019 04:17 PM #13
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Having undergone several MRI's I am indebted to him James Dray 

Oct 31, 2019 07:26 AM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Indeed James I had no idea and Diane had a few MRI's done over the years now I can impress her with this history, Endre

Nov 04, 2019 11:31 PM #15
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I, too, have benefited from the inventive genius of Mr. William Edelstein.

Nov 12, 2019 02:18 PM #16
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