Nobel Prize winner dies

Nobel Prize winner dies

URBANA – University of Illinois professor Paul C. Lauterbur, 77, who was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2003 for his pioneering work in the development of magnetic resonance imaging, died this morning at his home in Urbana.

Professor Lauterbur and Briton Sir Peter Mansfield, a former UI research associate, shared the 2003 Nobel Prize for medicine or physiology.

The pair received the prize for their discoveries in magnetic resonance imaging, a technique that reveals the brain and inner organs in breathtaking detail.

Professor Lauterbur discovered the possibility of creating a two-dimensional picture by producing variations in a magnetic field, the key to the MRI technique.

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