Val Logsdon Fitch


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Merriman, Cherry County, Nebraska, USA
Death 4 Feb 2015 (aged 91)
Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 142299956 View Source

Nobel Prize Recipient. He was a nuclear physicist who together with colleague Professor James Cronin, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1980. During World War II, he served in the US Army assigned to the Special Engineering Detachment located in Los Alamos, New Mexico, at the research center of the Manhattan Project which designed the atomic bomb. After his discharge, he earned a bachelor of science degree from Montreal McGill University in 1948 and a Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University in 1954. Joining the staff at Princeton University as emeritus professor, his experiments in the 1960s proved that certain subatomic reactions do not adhere to fundamental symmetry principles. He proved that symmetry principles in the decay of neutral K-mesons, which react the laws of physics are not quite the same for particles and their opposites, anti-particles. The work for which he received the Nobel Prize for is one of the most important finds in the 20th Century to show the laws of physics actually change with time. Fitch was a member of the President's Science Advisory Committee (1970-73), named the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics in 1976 and served as chairman of the physics department Princeton University, (1976-81). He was also a member of the physics advisory committee to the National Science Foundation (1980-83), was president of the American Physical Society, (1988-89), plus served on many government committees devoted to science and science policy.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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