The International Society of Magnetic Resonance (ISMAR)

is the only international scientific organization that represents the whole range of the important research field of magnetic resonance (MR), in particular nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These and other MR-methods are used as main research tools in a very wide range of fields including physics, chemistry, life sciences, materials research and medicine.

The aims of ISMAR are: to advance and disseminate knowledge of magnetic resonance and its applications in physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine among scientists and research institutions throughout the world; to foster interactions among scientists in different fields of magnetic resonance; to encourage interdisciplinary explorations; to organize schools, local and international symposia on magnetic resonance. (quote from the founding Chairman, Professor Daniel Fiat, in an article in Volume One of the Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance).

ISMAR conferences with typically more than 500 participants were held every three years beginning in 1971 in countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Israel, Taiwan, the Netherlands and the US. Eminent scientists of our field including Anatole Abragam, Robert Blinc, Felix Bloch, Erwin Hahn, Charles P. Slichter, John S. Waugh, to name a few, were active in getting ISMAR started.

Today, ISMAR has a large number of active members from many countries throughout the world and has just increased the frequency of its meetings from triennial to biennial. Moreover, ISMAR offers sponsorship of conferences, workshops, and schools in all fields of magnetic resonance with emphasis on assisting rapidly growing MR communities and fostering young scientists.

ISMAR also administers Prizes and Honors for outstanding contributions to Magnetic Resonance, such as the ISMAR Fellowship and the prestigious ISMAR Prize for senior scientists and the newly created Anatole Abragam Prize for outstanding young people who are within 5 years of completing their Ph.D. thesis.

Many scientists of our field are engaged in running ISMAR. We cordially invite you to become a Member and become active in keeping ISMAR alive and responsive to the ever young field of Magnetic Resonance.

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Harden Marsden McConnell passed away October 8, 2014, at age 87. He was a faculty member at CalTech (1956-64) and at Stanford (1964-2000) and chaired the Stanford Chemistry Department (1989-1992). He was a Fellow of ISMAR (2008) and will be remembered for early theories on spin correlations (McConnell equations (1) on spin exchange and (2) on aromatic radical hyperfine splitting), for developing spin labels to understand the dynamic nature of lipid membranes, and for leading, by example, the chemistry discipline to invent sensitive approaches to fundamental questions on new frontiers. He wrote nearly 500 papers with his students and colleagues. A flavor of the experience of doing a project with him can be gleaned from his own historical perspectives in Annual Reviews of Biophysics, 39: 1 (2010) and at 


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