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MS065: Christopher H. Sotak Papers

Identifier: MS65

Scope and Contents

This collection is in four series: Series I, papers by Christopher Sotak; Series II, poster sessions and presentations; Series III, laboratory notebooks; Series IV, biographical materials, plans for new lab at Central Mass Imaging Center.

The largest amount of material is in Series I and II, with dates ranging from 1983 to 2009. Series III contains laboratory notebooks, most from Professor Sotak's work at WPI, from 1989 to 2007. Series IV consists of four folders, two of which relate to creation of the Central Mass Imaging Center. There is also one folder of abstracts which were originally in Professor Sotak's faculty file, and the last folder contains the faculty resolution at the time of Professor Sotak's death.


  • Majority of material found within 1989 - 2009

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Biographical / Historical

[The following information is taken from the faculty resolution after the death of Professor Sotak May 28, 2011.]

Professor Christopher Sotak received BA and MA degrees in Chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado. He earned a PhD in Chemistry at Syracuse University, where he used a large-bore chemistry NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) instrument to study metabolism in perfused rat hearts.

He became a software engineer at General Electric, and while there received two patents for new techniques he developed to selectively locate lactic acid using NMR spectroscopy. In 1988, Professor Sotak joined the WPI faculty and began MRI research collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Under Professor Sotak's direction, WPI's MRI laboratory became a pioneer and world leader in the use of MRI and MRI spectroscopy technologies to study stroke and cancer and to evaluate new treatments for these diseases.

Professor Sotak produced more than 100 refereed journal papers. He received the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association, and WPI's Board of Trustees' Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship. He was a fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and the American Instititue for Medical and Biological Engineering.

He was the head of WPI's Biomedical Engineering Department from 1999 to 2006.

Professor Sotak died in 2011 at the age of 59.


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These are papers of Professor Christopher H. Sotak, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at WPI, who was a pioneer in the medical use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, especially in treatment of stroke and cancer.

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Repository Details

Part of the WPI Manuscript Collections Repository

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George C. Gordon Library
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