Shimon Vega, 1943-2021

It is with great sadness that we report the recent passing of Shimon Vega at age 78.  Shimon was widely recognized for his many contributions to magnetic resonance, especially to the conceptual basis of modern solid state NMR, and for the clarity of his thoughts and presentations.  He was a Fellow of ISMAR and the recipient of the 2015 ISMAR Prize.  The following obituary was written by his colleagues Daniella Goldfarb and Lucio Frydman:

Richard R. Ernst, 1933 – 2021

ISMAR mourns the passing of Richard R. Ernst (August 14,1933 – June 4, 2021), who is a founder of modern magnetic resonance spectroscopy. During his active career from the 1960s to 1990s, Richard Ernst made seminal contributions to the development and applications of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), propelling these techniques into the mainstream of chemistry, biology, and medicine. His contributions were recognized with the 1991 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

C.L. Khetrapal, 1937-2021

ISMAR mourns the passing of C.L. Khetrapal. Prof. Khetrapal made numerous contributions to magnetic resonance, especially high-resolution NMR in liquid crystalline media, founded the National Magnetic Resonance Society of India, and was a Fellow of ISMAR.

The following obituary was written by his colleague Prof. Anil Kumar:

JMR/JMRO special issue, "New Voices in Magnetic Resonance"

The editors of the Journal of Magnetic Resonance (JMR) and JMR Open are  pleased to invite manuscripts for a Special Issue entitled “New Voices in Magnetic Resonance”. This Special Issue will feature original research by early-career investigators and will be published jointly by JMR and JMR Open, in collaboration with ISMAR.

Abstract submission and registration for 2021 ISMAR conference

The 2021 ISMAR conference will be held jointly with APNMR, NMRSJ, and SEST during April 22-27.  This conference will be held on-line, with options to attend in-person in Osaka, Japan.  You are invited to submit an abstract for a poster or oral presentation.  The deadline for abstracts is April 30.  The deadline for early registration (only 10,000 Japanese yen; 5,000 yen for students) is June 30.  Please see for abstract submission, registration, and other information.

2021 ISMAR Prize and Abragam Prize recipients, Callaghan Lecturer

The ISMAR Prize Committee has selected the recipients of the 2021 ISMAR Prize and the 2021 Abragam Prize.  The ISMAR Prize recipient is Prof. Kamil Ugurbil of the University of Minnesota, a world-leading figure in MRI and functional MRI.  Abragam Prize recipients are Profs. Tuo Wang of Louisiana State University and Alexander Forse of the University of Cambridge.  Prof. Wang uses solid state NMR and DNP to study plant cell wall materials, among other things.  Prof. Forse uses NMR and other methods to study new materials for energy storage, carbon capture, and related purposes.

ISMAR elects new Fellows for 2020

David Britt (University of California at Davis, USA), Hashim Al-Hashimi (Duke University, USA), Anja Böckmann (Université de Lyon, France), and Sankaran Subramanian (Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India) were elected to become Fellows of ISMAR in December 2020.  Congratulations to these four outstanding scientists, all of whom have made novel and impactful contributions to magnetic resonance.

Daniel Fiat, 1930-2019

ISMAR mourns the passing of Daniel Fiat, the Founder of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance, who died in Israel on October 7, 2019.  For nearly 50 years since his impetus to establish ISMAR, Daniel has been closely identified with all aspects of the Society’s development.  He was already looking forward to ISMAR’s 50th anniversary conference in 2021. 

Christopher M. Dobson, 1950-2019

ISMAR mourns the passing of Chris Dobson, who was a friend and colleague of many of us as well as an influential figure in protein NMR and protein science in general.  The following obituary was written by Jeff Hoch:

Christopher Martin Dobson died on September 8, 2019, at the age of 69. The cause was cancer. He is survived by his spouse Dr. Mary Dobson and sons Richard and William.

Alfred Guillou Redfield, 1929-2019

It is with great sadness that we report the death of our friend, colleague and mentor Alfred (Al) Redfield on July 24th, 2019 in Alameda, California.   Al moved to California from Lexington, Massachusetts several years ago, as his beloved wife Sarah’s health deteriorated, to be close to their eldest daughter, Rebecca, and to escape the East Coast winters. His two other children, Samuel and Wendy reside in Massachusetts.  

Rex E. Richards, 1922-2019

ISMAR mourns the passing of Rex Richards, a pioneer in applications of NMR to chemistry and biology and an ISMAR Fellow. The following tribute was written by Prof. Christina Redfield, one of his colleagues at the University of Oxford:

ISMAR announces "Conversations on Magnetic Resonance"

ISMAR is happy to announce a new series of on-line discussions about research topics that are of current interest to the magnetic resonance community, called "Conversations on Magnetic Resonance". Each Conversation in this series will focus on a specific topic and will include short presentations by a panel of experts. You are invited to join these Conversations from your own home, office, or laboratory, using your own computer, cell phone, or tablet. All participants will have opportunities to ask questions and make comments after the presentations.

Yoji Arata, 1934-2019

ISMAR mourns the passing of our colleague Yoji Arata, a leading figure in biomolecular NMR.  The following tribute to Prof. Arata was written by Masatsune Kainosho:

Registration opens for 2019 ISMAR/EUROMAR conference

Registration and abstract submission for the 2019 ISMAR/EUROMAR conference are now open at .  This conference will take place in Berlin, August 25-30.  The deadline for early registration, with reduced registration fees, is April 30.  The deadline for abstracts for oral presentations is May 13.  

Call for Nominations for the Anatole Abragam Prize for Young Investigators 2019

Anatole Abragam made seminal contributions to both NMR and EPR and was a recipient of the
ISMAR Prize and a Fellow of ISMAR. In addition to his superb scientific contributions, fostering
young scientists was clearly close to his heart. With this in mind, ISMAR awards the “Anatole
Abragam Prize” to young scientists at biennial ISMAR conferences (see Monetary support for this Prize is provided
by Bruker Biospin.

New ISMAR Fellows

ISMAR is proud to announce the election of four new Fellows in 2018:  Prof. Tatyana Polenova of the University of Delaware, Prof. Song-I Han of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Prof. Ray Norton of Monash University, and Prof. Tai-Huang Huang of Academia Sinica.  In all cases, election as an ISMAR Fellow is a well-deserved recognition of numerous scientific contributions and activities in support of magnetic resonance.  Please join us in congratulating these distinguished scientists and practitioners of magnetic resonance.

Zeev Luz, 1932-2018

ISMAR mourns the passing of Zeev Luz on October 1, 2018.  Zeev Luz made numerous contributions to magnetic resonance, including ground-breaking studies of liquid crystals, molecular crystals, and molecular motions in liquids and solids by both EPR and NMR.  He was a friend, colleague, and mentor of many ISMAR members.  His personal history and scientific achievements are described in detail in an obituary at .  We extend our sincere condolences to Zeev's family.

Website for 2019 ISMAR/Euromar Conference now available

The 2019 ISMAR Conference will be held during August 25-30 in Berlin, jointly with EUROMAR and the German Magnetic Resonance Society (FGMR).  A website with information about the program, speakers, and location is now available.  Registration will begin in January.

Call for Proposals to Host the 23rd ISMAR Conference in 2023

The International Society of Magnetic Resonance requests proposals from groups of magnetic resonance scientists to organize and host the 23rd ISMAR Conference, which will take place in 2023. If you and your colleagues are interested in hosting this Conference, we ask that you submit a preliminary proposal that includes the following information:

2018 ISMAR Fellows- Nomination Call

In accord with the ISMAR Constitution, the Fellows Committee (Gil Navon, Bernhard Blümich, Angela Gronenborn, Wolfgang Lubitz, Frances Separovic) solicits nominations for new fellows. The privilege of making a nomination is accorded to all regular members and Fellows.


Charles P. Slichter, 1924-2018

The great magnetic resonance physicist, Charles Pence Slichter, passed away peacefully on Feb. 19, 2018, at the age of 94, in Boulder, Colorado. Charlie (as he liked to be called) was one of the early pioneers in the development of magnetic resonance methods, making numerous contributions to NMR, EPR, and NQR. He was President of ISMAR from 1987 to 1989, received the ISMAR prize in 1986, and became an ISMAR Fellow in 2008.

George Feher passed away at 93

ISMAR is mourning the passing away of George Feher, the inventor of ENDOR (electron-electron double resonance spectroscopy), an ISMAR Fellow and a Wolf Prize in Chemistry laureate 2006/7. This is a great loss to science and to the magnetic resonance community. We convey our condolences to the Feher family.


Daniella Goldfarb

ISMAR 2017 Election Results: New Executive Committee and Council Members

On behalf of the Elections Committee (Miquel Pons, Arno Kentgens and myself) it is our pleasure to announce the results of the general ballot held over the past few weeks to elect new ISMAR Council Members and new Executive Committee members.


29 Council Members were elected on the basis of accruing the most votes, from a nomination list of 35.


Nobel Prize winner Nicolaas Bloembergen passed away at age 97

ISMAR is mourning the passing away of Nicolaas Bloembergen, one of the founders of magnetic resonance, a Nobel laureate and an ISMAR Fellow. We convey our condolences to the Bloembergen family.


Call for ISMAR Fellows nominations 2017

In accord with the ISMAR Constitution, the Fellows Committee (Lyndon Emsley, Angela Gronenborn, Wolfgang Lubitz, Warren Warren, Gil Navon, (Chair)) solicits nominations for new fellows. The privilege of making a nomination is accorded to all regular members and Fellows.