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Raymond Damadian

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Raymond Damadian

Raymond Vahan Damadian was March 16, 193616 March 1936
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in Melville, New York. He entered the University of Wisconsin in at 16, earning his BS in mathematics in 1956. He then earned his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1960. After one year's residency at Kings County Hospital in New York, he served as a Fellow first in Nephrology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, then in Biophysics at Harvard. He also studied Physiological Chemistry at the School of Aerospace Medicine. Finally, Dr Damadian joined the faculty of the State University of New York, becoming the associate professor of biophysics and internal medicine.

Dr Damadian is a strong Christian, and firm believer in Creation. In an interview with Creation magazine, he said that;

acceptance of the unqualified Word of God ‘has been the foundation for Western civilization since the printing of the Gutenberg Bible in the fifteenth century. [1]
Damadian's US Patent filed 17 March 1972.

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Experimentation With Tumors

In 1969, Dr Damadian began experimenting with a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer. He discovered that tumors responded differently to the machine than did normal, healthy tissue. In 1971 he published his findings in the journal Science, and began working on a machine large enough to scan a human body. Unfortunately, so did many of his competitors. Six exhausting years later, Dr Damadian’s team made the first successful human scan. Over the next years, Dr Damadian filed several lawsuits against international companies who were implementing his patented ideas for their own profit; some he won, others he lost.

In 1997, the United States Supreme Court affirmed that Damadian’s research was the basis for the modern Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine (MRI). However, the Nobel Prize was awarded to Paul Lauterbur and Sir Peter Mansfield in 2003 for their later work on the MRI. Many of Damadian's supporters feel that he was ignored because of his stance as a young earth creationist. An admission of this potential act of discrimination can be found in the December 2003 issue of Smithsonian Magazine[2];

But it is difficult not to at least consider another explanation: that scientists on the assembly or in other positions of influence could not abide Damadian’s staunch support for "creationist science." Damadian is a firm believer in a literal translation of the Bible: he has no doubt that the earth was created by God during a six-day stretch about 6,000 years ago. Damadian has also served as a technical adviser to the Institute for Creation Research, which rejects the standard model of evolution."The non-biblical account would have us believe that all life originated from a single common ancestor—a slime mold—and give or take a billion years, we’re expected to believe that the descendants of this slime mold climbed out of the ocean and stood up and started giving lectures," Damadian says. "Do the math on that. The sheer statistics of that violate any sense of reality."

Skeptics, on the otherhand, argue that the award was for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging, an aspect Damadian did not develop (though without his previous research, there would be no way to get an image).

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