Physics in Perspective

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 180–189 | Cite as

Robert Vivian Pound and the Discovery of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in Condensed Matter

  • Ursula Pavlish


This paper is based upon five interviews I conducted with Robert Vivian Pound in 2006–2007 and covers his childhood interest in radios, his time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Radiation Laboratory during the Second World War, his work on the discovery of nuclear magnetic resonance in condensed matter, his travels as a professor at Harvard University, and his social interactions with other physicists.


Nicolaas Bloembergen Felix Bloch William W. Hansen Martin Packard Robert V. Pound Edward M. Purcell I. I. Rabi John T. Tate Henry C. Torrey John H. Van Vleck Harvard University Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT Radiation Laboratory Stanford University University of Buffalo Nobel Prize in Physics molecular beams nuclear magnetic resonance history of physics 



I thank Roger H. Stuewer for his thoughtful and careful editorial work on my article.


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  1. 1.PecsHungary

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