On Nov. 30, the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging celebrated the recent dedication of the David Cohen MEG Laboratory in the Charlestown Navy Yard, named for the “father of MEG.” MEG, or magnetoencephalography, is an imaging technique that measures the magnetic fields generated by brain activity. Cohen, who joined the Martinos Center in 1999, invented the technology during his time at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology in 1969. Now 91 years old, Cohen continues to publish studies and mentor colleagues in MEG.

“The honor was certainly unexpected and a big surprise,” says Cohen. “Working with my colleagues at the Martinos Center was always reward enough, but this event overwhelmed me. As an experimental physicist doing research in a hospital, I am not used to heavy credits. A fine day for me, and for physicists in general!”

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