Trained in theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge and supervised for a PhD in solid state NMR by Sir Peter Mansfield at Nottingham, Peter helped, in 1977, to construct the worlds first whole body line-scanning MRI system (now in the London Science Museum). Peter helped establish the fundamental principles of MRI encapsulated in “Mansfield and Morris” (Academic Press, 1982), which became a source of inspiration to the field for more than a decade. A growing interest in biomedical applications took him to the Medical Research Council’s National Biomedical NMR Centre and then to Cambridge as University Lecturer in Biochemistry, where he characterised new NMR cation indicators and was the first to study cardiac calcium transients in intact hearts. Peter was the Head of the Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre, a research facility for the development of novel magnetic resonance techniques and for their application in biomedical and other fields. Its outstanding contributions were recognised in 2001 through the award to the University of Nottingham of a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education. He lead a major research program on the development of techniques for single-event fMRI, multimodal imaging (fMRI, EEG and MEG) and the use of 13C MRS to understand the metabolic basis of neural activation – work recognised in the award of the Sylvanus Thompson Lecture and Medal of the British Institute of Radiology in 1995.
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