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Richard Robert Ernst (14 August 1933 – 4 June 2021) was a Swiss physical chemist.[1] He was born in Winterthur, Switzerland. Ernst won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1991 for his works on the creation of Fourier transform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy[2] while at Varian Associates in Palo Alto, California.[3][4][5][6][7]

Ernst was married to Magdalena until his death.[8] Together, they had three children.

Ernst died on 4 June 2021 in Winterthur at the age of 87.[8]



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  2. Aue, W. P. (1976). "Two-dimensional spectroscopy. Application to nuclear magnetic resonance". The Journal of Chemical Physics 64 (5): 2229–2246. doi:10.1063/1.432450 . ISSN 0021-9606 . 
  3. Freeview video interview with Richard Ernst by the Vega Science Trust
  4. Interview with Professor Richard R. Ernst by Joanna Rose, science writer, 8 December 2001.
  5. "The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1991". 
  6. Ernst Autobiography at
  7. Ernst, Richard, R. "Richard R. Ernst". 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Nobel-winning MRI pioneer Richard Ernst dies. Singapore. 8 June 2021. Retrieved 8 June 2021. 
  9. Ernst, Richard R. (1987). Principles of nuclear magnetic resonance in one and two dimensions. Bodenhausen, Geoffrey., Wokaun, Alexander.. Oxford [Oxfordshire]: Clarendon Press. ISBN 0-19-855629-2 . OCLC 12804280 .