The Author

A Short Curriculum Vitae


Peter A. Rinck
University Professor of Radiology and Magnetic Resonance
Doctorate in History of Medicine (Medical Climatology)

Academic Résumé

Classical school education. Medical school (Free University of Berlin) and residency in radiology, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy at Charlottenburg University Hospital in Berlin. Further training in nuclear medicine at Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago. Senior Research Associate, State University of New York at Stony Brook (Research group of Paul C. Lauterbur; Nobel Prize in Medicine 2003). Subsequently physician-in-charge at the NMR research group at Deutsche Klinik für Diagnostik, Wiesbaden, Germany, and resident in radiology at Wiesbaden General Hospital. Lecturer at the University of Mainz.

1986-2014 Adjunct and Visiting Professor at the School of Medicine and Pharmacy of the University of Mons-Hainaut in Belgium. Since 1987 University Professor of Radiology/Magnetic Resonance; 1987-1994 Head of the Magnetic Resonance Center at the University of Trondheim, Norway (at that time Europe's biggest clinical and research MR facility). Since 1982 Chairman, EMRF; since 2008 President of the Council, The Round Table Foundation.

Visiting Professorships: The Neurological Institute of Colombia. Bogotá, Colombia (1986); Charité University Hospital, Medical Faculty of Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany (1991-1992); et al.

President of the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology, 1985-1987; president of the annual meetings 1989, 2002. Chairman of the Selection Committee of the European Magnetic Resonance Award and, since 2012, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Pro Academia Prize. Scientific consultant and expert adviser to international organizations and foundations (among them World Health Organization, European Commission, UNIDO, the Nobel Committee).

Honorary, founding, or ordinary member of numerous professional and learned societies. Among others, awards and prizes from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Max Kade Foundation, NATO, European Commission, Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique de Belgique, the Research Council of Norway, Deut­sche For­schungs­gemein­schaft.

Author and/or editor of several books — not only scientific or medical — an e-learning website, numerous papers in refereed journals (including fundamental research papers on the development of magnetic resonance imaging and AI for medical imaging) and communications to international scientific and academic meetings; since 1990 Rinckside | Maverinck (learned columns) — and a great number of contributions to the culture (feuilleton) sections of leading German newspapers.

There is, of course, far more to a life — beyond the "et al." … but not in this short résumé.

Some Short Remarks on these Columns

For more than thirty years Rinck­side col­umns have ap­pear­ed a number of times per year. Ori­gi­nal­ly they were pub­lish­ed in a print­ed ver­sion only — over the years by se­ve­ral jour­nals, then both print­ed and on the web.

Rinck is my name, and a rink is an area in which a combat or contest takes place, rinkside means “by the rink”; in a double meaning “Rinckside” means the page by Rinck. Sometimes I could also imagine “Rinck­sighs”, “Rinck­sights”, or “Rinck­sites”. A digest version is published as "Maverinck" by Aunt Minnie Europe.

Meanwhile Rinck­side is part of The Round Table Foundation (TRTF) and has widened its scope by opening a multilingual daughter site, A Small Café, a site meant to be a plea­sant and inspiring small virtual academic meeting place on literature, philosophy, criti­cism, chron­icles, discourse and debate and open to a wide range of authors.

At the time when I began writing these essays I was deeply immersed in scientific and medical research. Authoring these columns was something completely different — unlike recording scientific results for learned journals, such a column allowed commenting on results and developments, in radiology, medicine, science, politics — and daily life. After many years in these fields, in different countries and con­ti­nents — Germany, Switzerland, the U.S.A., Belgium, Norway, France, and South America — in different positions, at all kinds of hospitals, universities and other institutions I had the opportunity to write about medical imaging and neighboring subjects from different angles.

These columns are not scientific articles in the sense of scientific papers but “scientifically” opinionated papers on a wide range of topics. They are written based on my own experience, extensive research, and many of them have input from others — who either do not dare or do not want to voice themselves their observations or comments in public.

It is a unique and independent platform to stress points Europe-wide — and beyond. The reader may not agree with the contents of the articles — sometimes even I do not agree with them. But the aim is to provoke discussion and change, and in this the articles have been successful.

Some Special Supplements were included during the last years. They were published elsewhere, but they fit nicely into the mental scheme of Rinck­side.

If you want to comment or contact me, write to this e-mail address.

Yours truly,


Rinckside • ISSN 2364-3889
is pub­lish­ed both in an elec­tro­nic and in a prin­ted ver­sion. It is listed by the Ger­man Na­tio­nal Lib­rary.

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