Murray Gell-Mann

Murray Gell-Mann

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Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 24 May 2019 (aged 89)
Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 199423923 · View Source
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Nobel Prize Laureate Physicist. He was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the theory of elementary particles. He graduated valedictorian from the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School and then entered Yale College at the age of fifteen. He went on to graduate with a bachelor's degree in physics at Yale in 1948 and then, a PhD in physics from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in 1951. In 1958, he, along with fellow physicist Richard Feynman, discovered the chiral structures of the weak interaction in physics. His work in the 1950s involved the recently discovered kaons and hyperons, which are cosmic ray particles. In 1961, he, along with Kazuhiko Nishijima, introduced a classification scheme for hadrons, another elementary particle. Three years later, he postulated the existence of quarks, which make up hadrons. It was for this work and his work surrounding the interactions of elementary particles that earned him the 1969 Nobel Prize in physics. He would go on to introduce other ideas and terms that are still used in his field. He worked as a professor at various universities during his career including the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Columbia University, University of Chicago, and the California Institute of Technology. At the time of his passing, he was a professor emeritus at the California Institute of Technology, as well as a professor at both the University of New Mexico and the University of Southern California. Besides the Nobel Prize, he also earned various other awards and honors for his career work.

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