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An Autobiography of a Nobel Laureate

by Richard Ernst and Matthias Meili

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814877923
  • Subject: General Chemistry
  • Published: December 2021
  • Pages: 350

In the last 130 years, 30 Swiss people have won a Nobel Prize. One of them is Richard R. Ernst. In 1991, he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his ground-breaking contributions to nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. He laid the foundations for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which revolutionized medical diagnostics across the globe. Now 87 years of age, the scientist talks about his life in a new autobiography.

Ernst was born in 1933 and grew up in a long-established family in Winterthur, however his childhood and adolescence were overshadowed by a demanding father. He talks in detail about the start of his career in the 1960s, when he made a number of key discoveries in Palo Alto, before returning to ETH Zurich and the shark tank that is university research. The highly talented chemist reveals how his passion for Himalayan art began while traveling in Nepal, which ended in him building up one of the most significant collections of Thangkas – Tantric Buddhist scrolls. His book discusses this and much more, with Ernst talking openly and directly about all aspects of his life, with humility and a wry sense of humor.

Key features:

  • Combines the personal life story of Nobel Laureate Prof. Richard R. Ernst with the historical development of his invention, which led to the universally known MRI imaging process in the field of medicine
  • Explains in an unusually open-hearted way the human side of research from its innermost circle, captivating both a general audience and those interested in science
  • Explains the basics of MRI technology in comprehensible, yet lively language
  • Focuses on an ethical approach to science and research for the benefit of society as a whole