Geoffrey Chew

American theoretical physicist

Geoffrey Foucar Chew (June 5, 1924 – April 11, 2019) was an American theoretical physicist. He was known for his bootstrap theory of strong interactions. He also worked on the Manhattan Project. He was a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley from 1957. He was an emeritus professor from 1991 at Berkeley. He was also a physics faculty at the University of Illinois from 1950 to 1956. He was a student of Enrico Fermi. Chew's students included Nobel Prize in Physics-winning David Gross, and John Henry Schwarz. His awards included the Hughes Prize (1962), Lawrence Prize (1969) and Majorana Prize (2008).

Chew in July 2014

Chew was born in Washington, D.C.[1] He studied at the University of Chicago. He died on April 11, 2019 in Berkeley, California. He was 94.[2]


  1. "Geoffrey F. Chew". Atomic Heritage Foundation. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  2. "Remembering Geoffrey Chew". University of California, Berkeley. April 15, 2019. Retrieved April 18, 2019.

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