(1905 - 1983)
Felix Bloch was born in Zürich, Switzerland.
He was educated there and at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule,
also in Zürich. Initially studying engineering he soon changed
to physics. Graduating in 1927, he continued his physics studies at
the University of Leipzig, gaining his doctorate in 1928. He remained
in German academia, studying with Heisenberg, Wolfgang Pauli, Niels
Bohr and Enrico Fermi.
In 1933, he left Germany,
emigrating to work at Stanford University in 1934. He was naturalised
War II, he worked on atomic energy at Los Alamos National Laboratory,
before resigning to join the radar project at Harvard University. After
the war, Bloch concentrated on investigations into nuclear induction
and nuclear magnetic resonance, which are the underlying principles
of MRI. He and Edward Mills Purcell were awarded the 1952 Nobel
Prize in Physics for “their development of new methods for
nuclear magnetic precision measurements.”
In 19541955, Bloch served for one unsatisfactory
year as the first Director-General of CERN. In 1961, he was made Max
Stein Professor of Physics at Stanford University.
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