In the last 130 years, 30 Swiss people have won a Nobel Prize, and one of them is Richard R. Ernst. He laid the foundation for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which revolutionized medical diagnostics across the globe. In his autobiography, which the scientist completed shortly before he passed away at the age of 87, he talks about his life.
Prof. Ernst grew up in a family long-established in Winterthur, Switzerland, however his childhood and adolescence were overshadowed by a demanding father. He talks in detail about the start of his career in the 1960s, when he made a number of key discoveries at Varian Associates, Palo Alto, USA, as well as about his return to ETH Zürich, Switzerland, and the shark tank that university research is. The highly talented chemist reveals how his passion for Himalayan art began while travelling in Nepal, which ended in him building up one of the most significant collections of thangkas – the tantric Buddhist scrolls. In this book, Prof. Ernst discusses openly and directly about all aspects of his life, with humility and a wry sense of humor.
1. Childhood and Youth, 1933–1952
2. Undergraduate Degree and Dissertation at ETH Zurich, 1952–1962
3. Silver Linings over the Pacific, 1963–1968
4. Return to ETH, 1968–1990
5. The Light at the End of the Tunnel: The Nobel Prize, 1991
6. Thangkas: The Other Dimension
8. Epilogue by Prof. Alexander Wokaun