April 20, 2010

Prof. Robert Pound (1919-2010)

Today's New York Times contains an obituary of Prof. Robert V. Pound, whose innovation & skills made possible several outstanding accomplishments, including (on a mid-December weekend in 1945) perhaps the first observations of nuclear magnetic resonance in bulk matter, which laid the foundation for the development of magnetic resonance imaging. The obituary contains this paragraph:
"Professor Pound’s mechanical zeal extended beyond the laboratory. As a young man he installed a telegraph key in his blue Ford coupe that allowed him to tap out Morse code messages on the horn. He later owned a hovercraft lawnmower."

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