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  Paul Lauterbur
Paul Lauterbur
Born 1929
University of Illinois, Urbana, USA
Photo: Bill Wiegand, University of Illinois


Paul Lauterbur discovered that two-dimensional images could be produced by introduction of gradients in the magnetic field. In 1973, he described how addition of gradient magnets to the main magnet made it possible to visualize a cross section of tubes with ordinary water surrounded by heavy water. No other imaging method can differentiate between ordinary and heavy water.

 

   
 
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