1978 Jury Member

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Location: France

Derek Jackson
France, 1906-1982

Physicist Derek Ainslie Jackson made the first spectroscopic determination of a nuclear magnetic spin at the age of 22. MRI scanners used in medicine are based on this phenomenon.


Derek Ainslie Jackson, physicist, was born in London. He received a master of arts from Cambridge University and a doctor of sciences from Oxford University.


From 1927 to 1939, he carried out research in spectroscopy at Oxford University. Among his other positions, he served as a university lecturer in 1934; professor of spectroscopy from 1945 to 1948; visiting professor at Ohio State University in 1950; and honorary assistant at Dunsink Observatory (lreland) from 1952 to 1953. He is currently research professor at the Laboratoire Aimé-Cotton, which is part of the National Scientific Research Centre of France. A fellow of the Royal Society since 1947, he contributes many articles to scientific journals.


Derek Jackson made the first quantitative determination of the magnetic moment of nucleus in 1928. ln addition, he has conducted research into the measurements of nuclear moments by spectroscopic methods and has developed (with H. Kuhn) methods of increasing spectroscopic resolving power together with their application to the investigation of the properties of the nucleus.


Derek Ainslie Jackson died on 20 February 1982.

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