Paul Christian Lauterbur

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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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Comments (19)

Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Good Morning, James,

What a gift they gave to the world of medicine!

Apr 21, 2021 03:34 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - although they have not been my favorite moments of life, I have become acquainted with the invention of Mr Lauterbur.  He and Mr Mansfield obviously helped many because of it.    

Apr 21, 2021 04:38 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

An invention that has helped so many and continues to do so today.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 21, 2021 04:47 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

We take those MRI machines for granted these days, James. I've had two since December and another one facing me soon for hip replacement surgery. I can tell you that I don't take them for granted... they are magical machines.

Apr 21, 2021 04:51 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /

James, another interesting Historical Story.  To invent the MRI machine, wow!  Enjoy your Wednesday, and thanks for the post.  Bill Salvatore 

Apr 21, 2021 04:59 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jame. Paul pursued what he did so all of us could benefit. Enjoy your day.

Apr 21, 2021 05:07 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't think I have ever had an MRI myself and I hope that I will never have the need for one, haha.

Apr 21, 2021 05:09 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - that certainly was a wonderful invention.  Another advance in diagnosis.

Apr 21, 2021 05:10 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I am deeply indebted to Paul as I've more MRI's then I can remember. I have a great appreciation for those who develope life saving equipment like the MRI.

Apr 21, 2021 05:16 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! What a marvelous invention and how important in today's world

Apr 21, 2021 06:19 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Well, I guess we can say we do not know many people who have not had an MRI. Good post.

Apr 21, 2021 07:36 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I'm getting an MRI done next week James. Now I know who to thank for this life-saving device 😀

Apr 21, 2021 11:20 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Apr 21, 2021 12:14 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

The Streib family is well-acquainted with the MRI machine. 

Apr 21, 2021 01:45 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello James, great invention by Paul Christian Lauterbur has been helping many people.

Apr 21, 2021 05:23 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I certainly know what an MRI is - have had several. Now I know who developed the technology behind it.


Apr 21, 2021 05:31 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the story of Paul Lauterbur and his amazing MRI - which has helped so many of us.

Apr 21, 2021 08:08 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Wow, wow, wow, James, on your story of this inventive genius.  I am in total admiration of his mind and lifetime achievements.  Wonderful!

Apr 22, 2021 06:26 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well how did I miss this? MRI well I would not have one of those anyway:)Endre

Apr 23, 2021 10:27 PM