Development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at the University of Nottingham


  • Manuscripts and Special Collections

Project summary

In 2003, Sir Peter Mansfield and Paul Lauterbur were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discoveries concerning magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).  This project will transform access to Peter Mansfield’s papers along with other scientists, such as Raymond Andrew and Brian Worthington, who are associated with the development of MRI at the University of Nottingham. We will also open up associated records of the British Radiofrequency Spectroscopy Group to tell the story of the pioneering work on MRI undertaken at Nottingham. 

An interdisciplinary advisory group will support the project and open the collections to researchers. The collections will be catalogued according to ISAD(G) and repackaged. Films, videos, audio tapes and 35mm slides will be digitised, and photographs will be assessed for future digitisation.

The collections will be promoted to both academics and the public. It is hoped that this could lead to the discovery of further records relating to MRI and inspire other scientists to donate their records.