Edward Mills Purcellwww.nobelprize.org
Felix Bloch, born in Switzerland, and Edward Mills Purcell, born in Illinois, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1952 "for their development of new methods for nuclear magnetic precision measurements and discoveries in connection therewith." NMR, since its discovery in 1945, is now used not only in physics, but also chemistry, biology, medical diagnosis, and material research.
The type of NMR commonly used today and at Bryn Mawr College, Fourier transform NMR, earned Richard R. Ernst the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1991.
In addition to 1D FT-NMR, 2D and multidimensional FT-NMR has been developed. This is particularly useful for determinations of proteins and even small nucleic acids.[Back to Marshall Fellowship]