Isidor Issac Rabi….

…..would have been 115 today!  Rabi was not only A contributor to NMR, but his Nobel Prize was awarded for THE development of the method to record magnetic properties.

I remember reading an article about him a few years ago (unfortunately, too many years ago for me to remember where/when it was) where he was asked about his interest in physics and research.  I liked his response enough to vaguely remember them and luckily it’s 2013 and these can easily be found via a quick google search so I can share them with you too:

“…My mother made me a scientist without ever intending to. Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school: So? Did you learn anything today? But not my mother. “Izzy,” she would say, “did you ask a good question today?” That difference — asking good questions — made me become a scientist….”

and “…I think physicists are the Peter Pans of the human race. They never grow up, and they keep their curiosity….“