Jerome Isaac Friedman

American physicist
Jerry Friedman in Valencia, Rey Jaime event, June 2016.jpg

Jerome Isaac Friedman (born March 28, 1930) is an American physicist. He is Institute Professor and Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He won the 1990 Nobel Prize in Physics along with Henry Kendall and Richard Taylor, for work showing an internal structure for protons later known to be quarks.

Friedman was born in Chicago, Illinois to a Jewish family.[1] He studied at the University of Chicago. In 1956, he married Tania Letetsky-Baranovsky.[2] They have four children.

In 2003, he was one of 22 Nobel winners who signed the Humanist Manifesto.[3] He is an atheist.[4]


  1. "Jewish Laureates of Nobel Prize in Physics". Jewish Laureates of Nobel Prize in Physics. Israel Science and Technology Homepage. 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  2. Nobel Prize winners: Supplement, 1987-1991 : an H.W. Wilson biographical dictionary, Volume 2. H.W. Wilson Co. 1992. ISBN 9780824208349. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  3. "Notable Signers". Humanism and its Aspirations. American Humanist Association. Archived from the original on October 5, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 7, 2017. Retrieved July 9, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)