, Volume 42, Issue 11, pp 852–855 | Cite as

Neuroradiological history: Sir Joseph Larmor and the basis of MRI physics

  • N. Tubridy
  • C. S. McKinstry


The origin of many of the eponymous terms in modern medicine is unknown to many people who utter them daily. As a contribution to understanding the historical background of MRI, we provide a brief account of the life and work of Joseph Larmor, the Irish scientist, whose name is frequently used by chemists, physicists and radiologists alike.

Key words Larmor Joseph Magnetic resonance imaging Neurology history 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Tubridy
    • 1
  • C. S. McKinstry
    • 2
  1. 1.NMR Unit, Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG, UK e-mail: Tel.: + 44-1 71-8 37 36 11 Fax: + 44-1 71-2 78 56 16GB
  2. 2.Department of Neurology, Royal Victoria Hospital, Grosvenor Road, Belfast BT12 6BA, UKGB

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