Richard Ernst

Richard Ernst


Richard Ernst, who is Swiss Physical chemist and Nobel Laureate born on 14 August 1933, In Winterthur, Switzerland.

Family Background:

He is the son of Robert Ernst and his wife Irma Brunner. His father was a teacher of architecture at the technical high school of Winterthur. He had two sisters.

Personal Life:

On 9 October 1963, He married Magdalena Kielholz. The couple has three children, Two daughters, and one son.


After completing High school, he entered at the famous Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and study his favorite subject. In 1957, He received his diploma in chemistry. He received his Ph.D. degree in Physics Chemistry under professor Hans H. Gunthard from ETH Zurich.


However, He had been disappointed with the way Chemistry had been being taught and often returned to additional readings for enhanced knowledge. For his doctoral thesis, He worked with famous scientist Hans Primas. They worked on High-resolution Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). After some time, He had decided to receive an industrial job in the United States. In 1963, He joined the Varian Associates as a research scientist in Palo Alto, California. This move had become the turning point of his career. Here, He met other famous scientists who had been working in the same field. however, He had especially correlated with an American scientist, whose name is Weston A. Anderson. As a result, Spectra that had been previously too weak for identification were now clearly discernible. In 1968, He returned to Zurich at the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry as a faculty member of ETH to guide a research group on NMR. In 1976, He had becomes the full professor. During that period of time, He had made a more refined contribution of the field of NMR  Spectroscopy, which is a technique that enabled a high-resolution, two-dimensional analysis of larger molecules that had previously been accessible to NMR. Later He also worked more provided the foundation for the development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) which had become one of the most important diagnostic tools for medical professionals. He still continues his research at ETH Zurich.

Unknown Facts:

  • His full name is Richard Robert Ernst.
  • He is Swiss chemist.
  • In his free time, he still enjoys music.

Master Stroke:

  • In 1966, Along with the scientist Weston A. Anderson, They discovered the Sensitivity of NMR techniques, which could be significantly increased by replacing slow.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1991, He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
  • In 1991, He received the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize.
  • In 1992, He had been awarded for achievement in Magnetic Resonance EAS.

What can we learn from him??

Like Richard Ernst,  Always think creative. Never disappoint from any failure.

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