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Paul Lauterbur
Born (1929-05-06)May 6, 1929
Died March 27, 2007(2007-03-27) (aged 77)
Nationality American
Alma mater Case Western Reserve University (B.S.),
University of Pittsburgh (Ph.D.)
Known for Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Paul Christian Lauterbur (May 6, 1929 – March 27, 2007) was an American chemist. Lauterbur won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2003 with Peter Mansfield "for their discoveries concerning magnetic resonance imaging".


He served as a professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook from 1963 until 1985. While there, Lauterbur conducted research on the development of the MRI. Along with his wife Joan, Lauterbur became a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1985. Lauterbur served as the professor for 22 years until he died on March 27, 2007 in Urbana, Illinois.


  • Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research (1984)
  • General Motors Cancer Research Foundation Kettering Prize (1985)
  • The Harvey Prize (1986)
  • National Medal of Science (1987)
  • National Medal of Technology (1988) (with Raymond Damadian)
  • Bower Award, Franklin Institute of Philadelphia (1990) (first recipient)
  • Carnegie Mellon Dickson Prize in Science (1992)
  • Kyoto Prize (1994)
  • NAS Award for Chemistry in Service to Society of the National Academy of Sciences (2001)
  • Charter member, Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame (2006)
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame (2007)

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