MRI Collections Project: the papers of Raymond Andrew

Professor E. Raymond Andrew was one of the early founders of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) research at the University of Nottingham, and Manuscripts and Special Collections (MSC) are fortunate to have his papers amongst our collections. As part of the MRI Collections Project which is currently under way, Archivist Zoe Ellis describes how the team …

MRI Collections Project: Sir Peter Mansfield’s research papers

A significant proportion of Sir Peter Mansfield’s papers, as held by Manuscripts and Special Collections, relate to his own studies and research.  Like many academics, Sir Peter kept his A’Level and undergraduate notebooks, and these provide illuminating insights into Physics education in the 1950s.  Sir Peter did his undergraduate degree in Physics at Queen Mary …

MRI Collections Project: Slides – A reversal in fortune

This is a guest post by Jonny Davies, Digitisation Assistant for the MRI Collections Project, funded by the Wellcome Trust Research Resources Awards. For the past few months I’ve been working with the MRI archives at the University of Nottingham which contain nearly 18500 slides produced between the 1970s and 1990s.  These slides are in …

MRI Collections Project: Sir Peter Mansfield’s Patents and Academic Papers

One of the most interesting parts of the MRI project is cataloguing the papers of Sir Peter Mansfield which have been donated to Manuscripts and Special Collections.  These relate mostly to his professional life, although there is also a small quantity of personal papers.  The largest parts of the collection are published academic papers and …

MRI Collections Project: Shining a light on slide digitisation

Work is now well under way on our exciting Wellcome Trust funded project ‘Development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) at the University of Nottingham’, as covered in the previous blog post. Project Archivist Zoe Ellis updates us on one of the main strands of the project: the digitisation of around 18,000 35 mm slides. These …

MRI project gets under way

This is a guest post by Zoe Ellis, MRI Project Archivist. Manuscripts and Special Collections recently started work on an exciting 12 month project entitled ‘Development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at the University of Nottingham’.  This project is funded by a Wellcome Trust Research Resources award of just under £100,000. The project will catalogue, …

MRI Scanning and George Green

One of the University of Nottingham’s biggest success stories in recent years has been its association with the development of Magnetic Resonance techniques. Sir Peter Mansfield pioneered work on MRI in Nottingham in the 1970s, and invented the current method of producing an image of a slice through the inside of a human body using magnetic …

George Green: Nottingham’s Magnificent Mathematician

Our new exhibition at the Weston Gallery focuses on a “local hero” – the miller from Sneinton whose pioneering mathematical work now underpins scientific research in areas as diverse as quantum physics, optics, radar, structural engineering and biomechanics. Sadly, George Green (1793-1841) died before his real genius was understood. As the curator, I wanted to explore …