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Anatole Abragam

Anatole Abragam
Born December 15, 1914 (1914-12-15) (age 95)
Nationality French
Fields physics
Alma mater University of Paris
Known for The Principles of Nuclear Magnetism
nuclear magnetic resonance
Notable awards Lorentz Medal in 1982

Anatole Abragam (born December 15, 1914) is a French physicist who wrote The Principles of Nuclear Magnetism and has made significant contributions to the field of nuclear magnetic resonance. Originally from Russia, Abragam and his family emigrated to France in 1925.

After being educated at the University of Paris, (1933 - 1936), he served in the Second World War. After the war, he resumed his studies at the École Supérieure d'Électricité and subsequently obtained his Ph.D. from Oxford University in 1950 under the supervision of Maurice Pryce. In 1976, he was made an Honorary Fellow of both Merton and Jesus Colleges, Oxford.

From 1960 to 1985, he worked as a professor at the Collège de France. He was awarded the Lorentz Medal in 1982.


  • Abragam, Anatole (1961). The Principles of Nuclear Magnetism. Clarendon Press. p. 599. OCLC 242700.  
  • Abragam, Anatole (1989). Time Reversal, an autobiography. Oxford University Press. OCLC 18989324.   Worth reading for insight into science, scientific politics, and the human condition -- similar in this respect to molecular biologist Francois Jacob's autobiography The Statue Within (Basic Books, 1988).

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