Ian Robert Young

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Ian Robert Young

Ian Robert Young

11 January 1932
Died27 September 2019
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Alma materAberdeen University
OccupationMedical physicist

Ian Robert Young OBE FRS FREng (11 January 1932 – 27 September 2019) was a British medical physicist, known for his work in the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).


He studied physics st Aberdeen University, then worked for EMI from 1976 to 1981, then for GEC from 1981 to 1982, when he became Chief Scientist of the NMR division of Picker International upon its creation.[1]

He became visiting Professor of Radiology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in 1986.[1] He was visiting professor at the Imperial College School of Medicine at Hammersmith Hospital from 1983 to 2001. He is also senior research fellow at Hirst Research Centre.

In 1992, he was awarded an honorary DSc by Aberdeen University.[1] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1988.[2] and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1989.[3] In 1990 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists,[1] and became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1986 Birthday Honours.[4] He holds over 40 patents and has authored over 100 papers on MRI.[1]

He won the 2004 Whittle Medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering,[5] and was president of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine from 1991 to 1992.[6] Ian Young was educated at Sedbergh School.

He died on 27 September 2019 at the age of 87.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e Daphne Christie; Tilli Tansey; Lois Reynolds, eds. (1998), Making the Human Body Transparent: The Impact of NMR and MRI; Research in General Practice; Drugs in Psychiatric Practice; The MRC Common Cold Unit, Wellcome Witnesses to Contemporary Medicine, History of Modern Biomedicine Research GroupWikidata Q29581621
  2. ^ "List of Fellows".
  3. ^ "Ian Young". Royal Society. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  4. ^ United Kingdom list: "No. 50551". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 1986. pp. 1–26.
  5. ^ "List of Fellows".
  6. ^ http://www.debretts.com/people/biographies/browse/y/18525/Ian%20Robert+YOUNG.aspx
  7. ^ Young

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