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Charles P. Slichter

  • National Medal of Science
  • Physical Sciences
For establishing nuclear magnetic resonance as a powerful tool to reveal the fundamental molecular properties of liquids and solids. His inspired teaching has led generations of physicists and chemists to develop a host of modern technologies in condensed matter physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine.

Charlie Slichter defines nuclear magnetic resonance

Two things run in the Slichter family veins, mathematics and teaching. Charles P. Slichter has followed this three-generation lineage since his childhood.

In the mid 1940s, he dove into physics research, constructing oscilloscopes at the Underwater Explosives Research Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and later formulating designs for an electron spin resonance rig.

Considered “one of the world’s top research scientists,” Slichter is renowned for his work in magnetic resonance as a leading innovator in applications to understand the structure of matter.

Retired from teaching in 1996, his words shape classrooms to date with his textbook, “Principles of Magnetic Resonance,” still used in physics departments around the world.

By Melissa Ayala