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Richard Dalitz

AKA Richard Henry Dalitz

Born: 28-Feb-1925
Birthplace: Dimboola, Victoria, Australia
Died: 13-Jan-2006
Location of death: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Cause of death: unspecified

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

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Dalitz pairs and Dalitz plots

Physicist Richard Dalitz studied neutral pion decay, quantum theory, strong interactions, and pursued quark nuggets (also called "strange matter"), a material predicted but not yet proven to exist. In 1951 he proposed that a newly discovered unstable particle called the neutral pi-meson could decay into one photon and an electron and an anti-electron (now called a "Dalitz pair"). In 1953 he theorized about what he called a "phase-space plot" (now called the Dalitz plot) explaining the decay of a heavy particle in cosmic rays.

Mother: (teacher)
Wife: Valda Dalitz

    University: BA Mathematics, University of Melbourne (1944)
    University: BS Physics, University of Melbourne (1945)
    University: PhD Physics, Cambridge University (1948)
    Teacher: Physics, University of Bristol (1948-49)
    Teacher: Physics, University of Birmingham (1949-53)
    Teacher: Physics, Cornell University (1953-56)
    Professor: Nuclear Studies, University of Chicago (1956-66)
    Professor: Physics, Oxford University (1963-90)

    Hughes Medal 1975
    National Academy of Sciences
    Royal Society 1960
    Naturalized UK Citizen
    Austrian Ancestry

Author of books:
Strange Particles and Strong Interactions (1962)
Properties of the Weak Interactions (1964)
Nuclear Interactions of the Hyperons (1965)


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