Paul Christian Lauterbur was born in Sidney, Ohio back in 1929. She graduated from Sidney High School. While a teenager, he built his own laboratory in the basement of his parents’ house. He was drafted into the United States Army in the 1950’s where his superiors allowed him to spend his time working on an early nuclear magnetic resonance machine.
He received his BS in chemistry from the Case Institute of Technology. After graduation, he worked at the Mellon Institute laboratories of the Dow Corning Corporation. He pursued graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, earning his PhD in 1962. He died in 2007, he was 77.
What you may not know about Paul is that along with Peter Mansfield they shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2003 for their work which made the development of the magnetic resonance imaging or (MRI) machine possible.
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