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Robert Pound

Robert Vivian Pound (May 16, 1919 – April 12, 2010)[1] was an American[2] physicist who helped discover nuclear magnetic resonance and who devised the famous Pound–Rebka experiment supporting general relativity. He became a tenured professor of physics at Harvard without ever having received a graduate degree.

Pound was born in Ridgeway, Ontario.[3]

The discovery of NMR won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1952,[citation needed] though, due to the limitation on the number of recipients and the simultaneous discovery of NMR by Felix Bloch's group,[citation needed] Pound's advisor Ed Purcell received the award on behalf of his group at Harvard.[citation needed] Pound received the National Medal of Science in 1990 for his lifetime contributions to the field of physics. Pound was the Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics emeritus at Harvard University.[3] He was a member of the class of 1941 at the University at Buffalo.[3]


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