The 2003 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine rewarded a chemist and
a physicist who had no inkling their work would lead to medical applications,
while the Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to a pair of bench researchers who
discovered how cells regulate water and ion transport.
Paul Lauterbur, PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Peter
Mansfield, PhD, Nottingham University, London, England, won the $1.3 million
prize for physiology or medicine for discoveries that led to magnetic resonance
imaging (MRI). Both men said that they did not foresee their work leading
to a revolutionary medical technology involving some 60 million imaging scans
each year .
Vastag B. 2003 Nobels Awarded for Pioneering Research in MRI, Cellular Channels. JAMA. 2003;290(17):2245-2246. doi:10.1001/jama.290.17.2245