Carl H. Rosner

Pioneer in Superconductors

Carl H. Rosner pioneered superconducting technology at General Electric, Intermagnetics General and currently at CardioMag Imaging. Superconducting technology involves devices which use super-low temperatures to achieve great advances in performance. MRIs, some elevated trains, super-strong research magnets, and power transmission are just some of the applications of superconducting technology.

Wizards of Schenectady - Carl H. Rosner - Pioneer in Superconductors:
The Edison Tech Center has produced a documentary on this engineering pioneer.

Carl H. Rosner was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1929. He survived the Holocaust, studied in Stockholm, and came to America in 1955. He worked with other pioneers at the General Electric Research and Development Lab to make the world's most powerful superconducting magnets. He then led Intermagnetics General (IGC was a spin-off from General Electric) to success as a prime manufacturer of MRI magnets. This documentary features interviews with Rosner and his coworkers who helped change our world by designing better MRI technology as well as work on research magnets used for a wide variety of applications. This video features rare visual material from IGC (now owned by Philips), US Holocaust Museum and the GE Hall of History (MiSci). Educators can use this video to show how superconducting technologies work and a vital period in history from Hamburg in the 1930s to US industrial research up until the 1990s.

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Below: excerpt from the documentary on developing the most powerful magnet in history until that time:

Excerpt from the documentary: How the MRI Works:


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