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 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.

The Story of these Columns

For more than thirty years the 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.

The first column was so­li­cit­ed by the late Peter Ogle, a me­di­cal imag­ing journal's for­mer world­wide editor, in 1991 and pub­lish­ed as an Edi­to­rial Com­ment. Later in 1992 Peter Ogle came up with the title “Rinck­side” which I hap­pi­ly ac­cept­ed — va­ni­ty is part of every­body's cha­rac­ter.

Today the columns are released on this website and as a printed version as Rinck­side — an officially citable scientific journal (as small as it is). It is listed by the German National Library as a serial publication, and registered with the ISSN International Center in Paris. A Digest Version adapted to their readership appears as "Maverinck" on the website Aunt Minnie Europe.

For some years 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.

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”.

At the time when I began writing these essays I was deeply immersed in scientific and medical research. Authoring them 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 more than ten years in radiology, in different countries and con­ti­nents — Germany, Switzerland, the U.S.A., Belgium, Norway — in different positions, at all kinds of hospitals and universities, 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, but 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.

Philip Ward proved to be excellent in correcting and revising my sometimes too plainspoken comments — after Patricia de Francisco had gone through them and suggested to iron out some unpolished statements. Depending on the topic, there are other, anonymous, peer-reviewers. I thank them all.

Writing a Rinck­side can take weeks or months. This website — nowadays some people would call it a "blog" — comprises articles, including most original “Rincksides” from the beginning in 1990 upon requests from some of those who did not read all of them. For this compendium, the articles were re-edited and some of the errors they contained were corrected.

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

Over time, some articles were discussed quietly, some provoked major internal exchange of confidential letters and e-mails within and between professional bodies, companies, and politicians (of which I sometimes get copies), and after many years, when the subversion did not die a natural death and threats did not shut me up, the number of Letters-to-the-Editor increased. For me any critical response, negative or positive, was a success — the topic was not kept under wraps any more, but publicly discussed. Some politicians made reference to Rinck­side in parliamentary debates, radiological societies adapted their politics, learned journals changed their layout.

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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