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The Modern Chemistry Lab

Spectroscopy and Spectrometry

When was NMR invented?

The first time NMR spectra were recorded was in 1945, and two different research groups accomplished this independently (one at Stanford and the other at Harvard). These groups were led by Felix Bloch (Stanford) and Edward Purcell (Harvard), who shared the 1952 Nobel Prize in Physics in recognition of their great discovery. See the list of Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry in the back of this book.



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