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Jerome I. Friedman

Jerome I. FriedmanAKA Jerome Isaac Friedman

Born: 28-Mar-1930
Birthplace: Chicago, IL

Gender: Male
Religion: Agnostic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Physicist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Verified existence of quarks

Experimental particle physicist Jerome I. Friedman has said he was drawn to science by reading Albert Einstein's Relativity: The Special and General Theory while he was in high school. He studied under Enrico Fermi at the University of Chicago, and investigated particle structure and interactions of high energy electrons, neutrinos, and hadrons. Friedman is best known for a series of experiments conducted at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in 1967-73, which established the theoretical existence of quarks, sub-microscopic energy packets that are building blocks for protons and neutrons, and were believed to be the fundamental particles of matter. With his colleagues in these experiments, Henry W. Kendall and Richard E. Taylor, Friedman won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1990.

Father: Selig Friedman (sewing machine salesman)
Mother: Lillian Warsaw
Wife: Tania Letetsky-Baranovsky (two daughters, two sons)
Daughter: Ellena
Son: Joel
Son: Martin
Daughter: Sandra

    High School: John Marshall Metropolitan High School, Chicago, IL (1946)
    University: BS, University of Chicago (1950)
    University: MS, University of Chicago (1953)
    University: PhD, University of Chicago (1956)
    Scholar: High Energy Physics Laboratory, Stanford University (1957-60)
    Professor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1960-)
    Administrator: Laboratory for Nuclear Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1980-83)
    Administrator: Physics Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1983-88)

    APS W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics 1989 (with Henry W. Kendall and Richard E. Taylor)
    Nobel Prize for Physics 1990 (with Henry W. Kendall and Richard E. Taylor)
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Physical Society President, 1999
    Federation of American Scientists Board of Sponsors
    National Academy of Sciences
    Science Debate 2008
    University Research Association Past Board Member
    Jewish Ancestry
    Russian Ancestry


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