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Murray Gell-Mann

American physicist

Murray Gell-Mann (September 15, 1929 – May 24, 2019)[1] was an American physicist who received the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the theory of elementary particles.[3] He was the Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Theoretical Physics Emeritus at the California Institute of Technology, a Distinguished Fellow and co-founder of the Santa Fe Institute, Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of New Mexico, and the Presidential Professor of Physics and Medicine at the University of Southern California.[4]

Murray Gell-Mann
Murray Gell-Mann - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012.jpg
Gell-Mann at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, 2012
Born(1929-09-15)September 15, 1929
DiedMay 24, 2019(2019-05-24) (aged 89)[1]
ResidenceUnited States
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma mater
Known for
Spouse(s)
  • J. Margaret Dow
    (m. 1955; her death 1981)
  • Marcia Southwick (m. 1992)
ChildrenTwo + 1 stepchild
Awards
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics
Institutions
ThesisCoupling strength and nuclear reactions (1951)
Websitewww.santafe.edu/~mgm

Gell-Mann has also worked at CERN, as a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in 1972.[5][6]

WorksEdit

He was known for his study of particle physics, the smallest parts that make up the universe. These small particles behaved in ways that did not appear to follow the known laws of physics, and Gell-Mann came up with the idea of giving them a strangeness number which could allow them to be compared and put into categories. He also came up with idea that parts of an atom, the proton ad the neutron were made up of even smaller particles. He called the quarks, a nonsense work from James Joyce's book, Finnigan's Wake.[7]

Gell-Mann then developed the idea that quarks were held together inside the nucleus by a force he called "color", and this force could be given a quantum number.[7] With Richard Feynman he discovered a weak interaction between sub-atomic particles. He researched string theory which could could explain what makes up the smallest particles and forces.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Gell-Mann was an agnostic.[8] Gell-Mann supported Barack Obama for the United States presidency in October 2008.[9]

Gell-Mann died on May 24, 2019 at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, aged 89.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Johnson, George (May 24, 2019). "Murray Gell-Mann, Who Peered at Particles and Saw the Universe, Dies at 89". Obituaries. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  2. "Professor Murray Gell-Mann ForMemRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-11-17.
  3. "Murray Gell-Mann - Biographical". NobelPrize.org. Nobel Media. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  4. "Nobel Prize Winner Appointed Presidential Professor at USC".
  5. "CERN-affiliated article by Gell-Mann". Springer. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  6. Scientific publications of M. Gell-Mann on INSPIRE-HEP
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Murray Gell-Mann Biography -- Academy of Achievement: Murray Gell-Mann Biography -- Academy of Achievement, accessdate: September 17, 2016
  8. The International Academy of Humanism at the website of the Council for Secular Humanism. Retrieved 18 October 2007. Some of this information is also at the International Humanist and Ethical Union Archived 2012-04-18 at the Wayback Machine website
  9. Nobel Laureate Murray Gell-Mann endorses Obama, at youtube.com Retrieved 15 February 2017
  10. "Murray Gell-Mann passes away at 89". Press release. May 24, 2019. https://santafe.edu/news-center/news/murray-gell-mann-passes-away-89. Retrieved May 24, 2019. 

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