Peter Mansfield is appointed Lecturer at Nottingham University where he can continue his studies in multiple-pulse NMR. He is appointed Professor in 1983 and he remains here ever since albeit after formal retirement. Mansfield is knighted in 1993.
Peter Mansfield takes part at the First Specialized Colloque Ampère in Krakow talking about the observation of atomic structure in solids by imposing an external magnetic field conducted with Peter Grannell and Alan Garroway. At the conference he discovers that Professor Paul Lauterbur is working with imaging of water in test tubes. Problems in both systems lead to the examining of biological specimens – solids with a lot of liquid.
Peter Mansfield joins the Medical Research Council as Scholar.
Mansfield works under Charlie Slichter at the University of Illinois. He is involved in the NMR study of doped metals. He builds a double resonance spectrometer able to look at the copper resonances in a pulsed mode and to produce single crystals of doped copper as samples to be studied. Doug Cutler performs tests for Mansfield on pure aluminium powder finding solid echoes effects. Mansfield writes a short paper extending the theory of solid echoes to systems with spin greater than one half.
Peter Mansfield marries Jean Margaret Kibble.
Peter Mansfield attends Central School in Peckham, a district in South-East London.
By the early 1970s, Mansfield works on the application of NMR to imaging directly leading to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). He and his team determine how the radio signals from MRI can be mathematically analysed, making possible the transformation of the signals into a useful image. A medical diagnostic application is also obtained by the development of a rapid imaging technique (the echo-planar imaging). The team presents their first human image (of Mansfield’s abdomen) in 1978.
Peter Mansfield goes for a sabbatical leave to work in Professor Karl Hausser's group in Heidelberg.
Peter Mansfield leaves school to start working as a printer's assistant.
Peter Mansfield starts working in the then Ministry of Supply at the Rocket Propulsion Department in Westcott, Buckinghamshire. After his military service he returns working here and studies for Advanced Levels part time for approximately two years gaining University entrance.
Peter Mansfield attends William Penn School. Here he is told by a careers teacher that science isn't for him.
Peter Mansfield earns his Ph.D. in Physics at Queen Mary College, University of London. Here he builds under Jack Powles a pulsed NMR spectrometer to study solid polymer systems. Towards the end of his Ph.D. he discovers 'solid echoes' observed in a single crystal of Gypsum and he produces a short paper on this effect.
Peter Mansfield enters the Queen Mary College at the University of London, where he graduates in Physics. Under the supervision of Jack G. Powles, he builds a transistorized version of a portable NMR spectrometer to measure the Earth's magnetic field. Towards the end of his undergraduate studies Jack Powles offers Mansfield a position in his research group working on NMR.
Peter Mansfield is called up for National Service to serve in the army for two years. He returns then to Westcott.
Peter Mansfield is born in Lambeth, London, the youngest of three brothers to Sidney George Mansfield, a gas company worker, and his wife, Rose Lillian. When World War II breaks out he is six years old. Mansfield is evacuated from London on three occasions during the war years, initially to Sevenoaks and then twice to Torquay, Devon.
Peter Mansfield receives one half of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with Paul C. Lauterbur "for their discoveries concerning magnetic resonance imaging". Since MRI does not have the harmful side effects of X-ray or computed tomography examinations and is non-invasive, this technology is nowadays a precious tool in medicine.