Prize Fight

Hype, hubris, and history bedevil Raymond Damadian's claim to a Nobel

In the world according to Raymond Damadian -- businessman, doctor, and inventor -- he should have a Nobel Prize on his desk.

Dr. Damadian is founder and president of the Fonar Corporation, which makes magnetic-resonance-imaging (MRI) scanners. For three decades, he has been trying to write himself into the history books as the father of MRI, and he has had some success. In 1988, he shared a National Medal of