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Samuel C. C. Ting

Samuel C. C. TingAKA Samuel Chao Chung Ting

Born: 27-Jan-1936
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, MI

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Asian
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Physicist
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Co-Discoverer of J/psi meson

Working at Brookhaven National Laboratory in 1974, American physicist Samuel C. C. Ting discovered a subatomic particle which had a lifetime almost a thousand times longer than scientists would have predicted from its mass. The same discovery was made almost simultaneously by Burton Richter at Stanford Ting called it the J particle, Richter called it the psi-particle, and it is now known as the J/psi meson. This finding launched the study of a fourth type of subatomic particle, the existence of which had been suspected but never before proven. Ting and Richter shared the 1976 Nobel Prize for Physics. More recently, Ting has sought the elusive Higgs boson, and worked on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, an antimatter detector.

Father: Kuan-hai Ting (engineer)
Mother: Tsun-ying Jeanne Wang (psychologist)
Wife: Kay Louise Kuhne (m. 1960, div., two daughters)
Daughter: Jeanne
Daughter: Amy
Wife: Dr. Susan Carol Marks (m. 1985, one son)
Son: Christopher

    University: National Cheng Kung University, Tainan City (one year)
    University: BSE Mathematics and Physics, University of Michigan (1959)
    University: MS Physics, University of Michigan (1960)
    University: PhD Physics, University of Michigan (1962)
    Theological: Physics, Columbia University (1964-66)
    Scholar: German Electron-Synchrotron Project, University of Hamburg (1966-67)
    Teacher: Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1967-69)
    Scholar: Brookhaven National Laboratory (1969-)
    Professor: Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1969-77)
    Professor: Thomas Dudley Cabot Institute Professor, MIT (1977-)

    Ford Fellowship 1963
    Nobel Prize for Physics 1976 (with Burton Richter)
    E. O. Lawrence Award 1976
    SES A. C. Eringen Medal 1977
    DeGasperi Award in Science 1988
    Forum Engelberg Prize 1996
    NASA Public Service Award 2001
    Academia Sinica 1975
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1975
    American Physical Society
    CERN 1963
    CERN 1974-
    Chinese Academy of Sciences 1994
    German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina Foreign Member, 1996
    Hungarian Academy of Sciences Foreign Member, 1993
    National Academy of Sciences 1977
    Pakistani Academy of Science Foreign Member, 1984
    Russian Academy of Sciences Foreign Member, 1989
    Mathematical Modeling Journal Editorial Board, 1980-
    Nuclear Instruments and Methods Journal Editorial Board, 1977-
    Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society


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