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Robert L. Mills

AKA Robert Laurence Mills

Born: 15-Apr-1927
Birthplace: Englewood, NJ
Died: 27-Oct-1999
Location of death: East Charleston, VT
Cause of death: Cancer - Prostate

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Subatomic particles

Physicist Robert L. Mills was a 27-year-old graduate student when, working with eventual Nobel laureate Chen Ning Yang, he proposed a new approach to gauge theories in non-abelian symmetry groups. Now called Yang-Mills fields, their equation added greatly to scientists' understanding of how subatomic particles interact, and led to numerous subsequent developments in subatomic physics. He later taught for decades at Ohio State University.

Brother: William H. Mills
Sister: Helen K. Mills
Wife: Elise Ackley Mills (m. 1948, three daughters, two sons)
Daughter: Dorothy Mills
Son: Edward Mills
Son: Jonathan Mills
Daughter: Katherine Mills Anderson
Daughter: Susan Warner-Mills

    High School: George School, Newtown, PA (1944)
    University: BS Mathematics, Columbia University (1948)
    University: MS Physics, Cambridge University
    University: PhD Physics, Columbia University (1955)
    Scholar: Brookhaven National Laboratory (1953-55)
    Teacher: Physics, Ohio State University (1956-62)
    Professor: Physics, Ohio State University (1962-95)
    Professor: Physics, St Patrick's College (1995-99)

    Rumford Prize 1980
    Fulbright (1995-96)
    Institute for Advanced Study 1955-56

Author of books:
Propagators for Many-Particle Systems (1969)
Space, Time and Quantra (1994)


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