Lauterbur, Paul Christian
- Amit Prasad
Lauterbur, Paul Christian (6 May 1929–27 Mar. 2007), Nobel Prize–winning chemist, was born to Edward J. Lauterbur and Gertrude Wagner in Sidney, Ohio. Lauterbur grew up in a middle-class family in Sydney. Both his father, an engineer at the Hobart Company in Troy, Ohio, and his mother were devout Catholics. Like the other children in the neighborhood Lauterbur’s early childhood centered around Holy Angels Church. His interest in chemistry was evident from an early age and by middle school he had a chemistry lab in the basement of their home. His curiosity about the natural world, which became an inspiration for his intellectual interests, continued to grow at Sidney High School, during which time his family had moved to a farm in Troy. This was an intellectually stimulating time for Lauterbur and with a couple of his friends he was continually devising interesting chemistry experiments. However, during his high school years, the Lauterbur family had to bear the grief of the death of Paul’s younger brother Joe in a train accident....