Innovation in nuclear magnetic resonance

October 17, 2011

The Column

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Gareth Alun Morris, Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Manchester has been announced as the winner of the 2011 Russell Varian prize awarded by Agilent Technologies.

Gareth Alun Morris, Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Manchester has been announced as the winner of the 2011 Russell Varian prize awarded by Agilent Technologies.

The prize is given for a single innovative contribution proven to have a significant impact on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technology. Morris was awarded this year’s prize for his seminal paper, “Enhancment of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Signals by Polarization Transfer”, published in 1979 in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Commenting on his achievement, Morris said, “The Russell Varian prize is one of the highest accolades that the international NMR community can bestow. The list of former recipients contains some of the most distinguished names in physics and chemistry, to whom I have looked up throughout my research career, and it is great and a most unexpected honour to join them.”Morris’ contributions to the field of NMR have included over 180 publications on the topic and his laboratory continues to refine NMR methods to assist researchers working in chemistry, biochemistry and medicine.

The Russell Varian prize was set up in memory of the pioneer behind the first commercial nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers and co-founder of Varian Associates. The company was later purchased by Agilent.

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