Sir Peter Mansfield

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Mansfield was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2003 for his contribution to the invention of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). His vision and research have made widespread clinical use of the technique a reality. MRI scanners are today used in hospitals all over the world and it is estimated that over 60 million investigations with MRI are carried out every year. Mansfield is now working on the introduction of new applications for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance as a medical technique.
Mansfield is shown in his office at the University of Nottingham, where he is Emeritus Professor of Physics. A postcard of Stephen Shankland's portrait, The Miracle, which won the BP Portrait Award in 2004 can be seen on Mansfield's desk in this portrait. It shows the artist's wife and son, who underwent MRI scans due to a life threatening condition when he was born.

National Portrait Gallery, London



Sir Peter Mansfield




oil on board


H 147 x W 79 cm

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Commissioned as part of the First Prize, BP Portrait Award, 2004, 2008

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