At the age of 15 he was told he didn't have the qualifications to become a scientist. Today Sir Peter Mansfield, from The University of Nottingham, holds a Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine for his role in the development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - an honour he shared with Paul Lauterbur.
MRI scanner which has transformed diagnostic medicine and saved the lives of thousands of people. Sir Peter has now published his autobiography 'The Long Road to Stockholm' which charts the trials and tribulations of pushing the boundaries of scientific research.
In November 2009 Sir Peter's outstanding research and major contribution to the health and wealth of our society was recognised by the Medical Research Council (MRC). As an MRC funded scientist he was awarded the research council's Millennium Medal at a ceremony held at The University of Nottingham. This video was made to mark the event.