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Biographical entry Doddrell, David Michael (1944 - )

FAA, FRACI

Born
18 July 1944
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation
Chemist

Summary

David Michael Doddrell is a founder and the Director of the Centre for Magnetic Resonance at the University of Queensland. He has had a twenty-year-plus association with the University where he did his undergraduate studies and returned in 1986 as Professor of Magnetic Resonance. Prior to this he spent ten years at Griffith University preceded by post-doctoral posts in New South Wales and in the United States of America. Doddrell has spent much of his research life combining and applying the disciplines of chemistry, mathematics, engineering and business. Under his guidance, the Centre for Magnetic Resonance has developed medical imaging processes including new ways of detecting the damage caused by stroke and Alzheimer's disease.

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David Doddrell is distinguished for his developments of innovative and unique methods for applying NMR spectroscopy to structural chemistry, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and imaged directed spectroscopy. He co-invented the elegant "DEPT" pulse sequence, a technique in world-wide use for the past decade or so by structural organic chemists, and has made a unique contribution to MRI, including the development of the SPACE method for obtaining chemical information from tissue even though the nuclear relaxation times may be very short. The latest generation of high performance high speed commercial MRI imaging systems all use a method invented by Doddrell. This invention provides a compelling example of how pure research, originally supported by the Australian Government, has been translated into important applications to medical diagnosis worldwide. Moreover, the invention is also generating significant financial benefits to Australia. Taken from the Australian Academy of Science media release 30.4.1998 http://www.science.org.au/media/newfel98.htm

Events

1966
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Queensland
1969
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at Indiana University in Bloomington, USA
1970
Career position - Post-Doctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, USA
1971
Career position - Post-Doctoral Fellow at Indiana University
1972
Career position - Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of New England in New South Wales
1974 - 1976
Career position - Lecturer at Griffith University
1975
Award - Rennie Medal received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1978
Award - Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI)
1978
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from Griffith University in Queensland
1978 - 1983
Career position - Reader at Griffith University
1982 - ?
Career position - Technical Consultant to Bruker Analytische Messtechnik GmbH (Karlsruhe, Germany)
1983 -
Career position - Personal Chair at Griffith University
1986 -
Career position - Professor of Magnetic Resonance at the University of Queensland
1990 -
Career position - Director of the Centre for Magnetic Resonance at the University of Queensland
1998 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
2001
Award - Centenary Medal received from the Australian Government
2003
Award - Clunies Ross National Science and Technology Award received

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