July 10, 2013, by Fraser
UoN inventors made Honorary Freemen of the City
Two scientists whose discoveries while based in Nottingham led to the development of two groundbreaking developments in medicine — the MRI scanner and ibuprofen — became Honorary Freemen of the City on Monday.
Sir Peter Mansfield was a lecturer, reader and professor at The University of Nottingham from 1960-93 where he invented MRI and his research group subsequently further developed MRI equipment. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2003.
Dr Stewart Adams went to University College Nottingham — now The University of Nottingham — with the aid of a Boots scholarship. Upon graduation with a B Pharm degree, he joined Boots to work on penicillin. After a time in Leeds on a Pharmaceutical Society Scholarship, Dr Adams moved back to Nottingham to rejoin the Boots Research Department and after seven years working from the front room of a Victorian house on the outskirts of Nottingham, the first active compounds that eventually led to ibuprofen were discovered in the late 1950s.
Councillor Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council, said “Nottingham is very proud of the life changing contributions made by Sir Peter Mansfield and Dr Stewart Adams. Our city is inspired by their contribution to medical science. I’m pleased to see their installation as Honorary Freemen of the City and their contributions recognised by Nottingham.”
A meeting of Full Council, held on Monday 8 July 2013, confered the title of Honorary Freeman of the City of Nottingham to Sir Peter Mansfield and Dr Stewart Adams.