Maurice Goldhaber

Maurice Goldhaber

Birth
Austria
Death 11 May 2011 (aged 100)
Long Island City, Queens County, New York, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 70378231 · View Source
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Physicist. A pioneer of modern nuclear physics, his experiments helped create the current understanding of how the world works. In the early 1930s he enrolled in the University of Berlin, but moved to England when the Nazi party took control of the country in 1933. A graduate student of Cambridge University, he approached the recently discovered theories of the neutron, with an idea about how to measure the particle's mass. He with his colleagues, were the first to show that some light nuclei sources breaks up when bombarded by so called slow neutrons and also demonstrated that beryllium could be a useful moderator in educing their kinetic energy, a principle used in nuclear reactors. In 1938, he immigrated to the United States, taking a position as professor at the University of Illinois and became a naturalized citizen in 1944. For the next forty years, he remained in position, demonstrating his neutrino experiments which provided much of the foundation for the standard model of physics which now shows our view of the universe. He is a recipient of three Nobel Prizes in Physics, National Medal of Science in 1985, Wolf Prize in 1991, J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Prize in 1992 and the U.S. Government Enrico Fermi Award in 1998. He died of natural causes at the age of 100.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 25 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70378231
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maurice Goldhaber (18 Apr 1911–11 May 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70378231, ; Maintained by John "J-Cat" Griffith (contributor 46568383) Unknown.