Awards & Winners

Paul Lauterbur

Date of Birth 06-May-1929
Place of Birth Sidney
(Shelby County, Ohio)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Paul Christian Lauterbur
Profession Chemist, Physicist, Professor
Paul Christian Lauterbur was an American chemist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2003 with Peter Mansfield for his work which made the development of magnetic resonance imaging possible. Lauterbur was a professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook from 1963 until 1985 where he conducted his research for the development of the MRI. In 1985 he became a professor along with his wife Joan at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 22 years until his death in Urbana. He never stopped working with undergraduates on research, and he served as a professor of chemistry, with appointments in bioengineering, biophysics and computational biology at the Center for Advanced Study.

Awards by Paul Lauterbur

Check all the awards nominated and won by Paul Lauterbur.


Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
(for their discoveries concerning magnetic resonance imaging)


National Medal of Technology and Innovation
(For their independent contributions in conceiving and developing the application of magnetic resonance technology to medical uses including whole body scanning and diagnostic imaging.)


National Medal of Science for Physical Science
(For first proposing and demonstrating the use of nuclear magnetic resonance to form images, and for his continuing contributions to the development of this method for safely producing exquisitely detailed images of the interior of the body for use in medical research and clinical diagnosis.)
IEEE Medal of Honor
(for the discovery of nuclear magnetic resonance imaging)


Gairdner Foundation International Award
(For first proposing the use of nuclear magnetic resonance to produce images and demonstrating its application to human disease.)


Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award
(For his key theoretical and technical contributions, which made possible a completely new, versatile, and non-invasive form of medical imaging, based on nuclear magnetic resonance.)