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Leon Lederman

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Leon M. Lederman
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Lederman on May 11, 2007
BornLeon Max Lederman
(1922-07-15)July 15, 1922
New York City, New York, U.S.[1]
DiedOctober 3, 2018(2018-10-03) (aged 96)
Rexburg, Idaho, U.S.
NationalityUnited States
Alma materCity College of New York
Columbia University
Known forSeminal contributions to Neutrinos, bottom quark
Spouse(s)Florence Gordon (3 children)
Ellen Carr[2]
AwardsNobel Prize in Physics (1988)
Wolf Prize in Physics (1982)
National Medal of Science (1965)
Vannevar Bush Award (2012)
William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement (1991)
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics
InstitutionsColumbia University
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Illinois Institute of Technology

Leon Max Lederman (July 15, 1922 – October 3, 2018) was an American experimental physicist. He received, along with Martin Lewis Perl, the Wolf Prize in Physics in 1982. He won the prize for their research on quarks and leptons, and the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1988. He received the prize along with Melvin Schwartz and Jack Steinberger, for their research on neutrinos.

Lederman was of Jewish descent.[3] He was an atheist.[4][5]

Lederman died on October 3, 2018 at a care-facility in Rexburg, Idaho from complications of dementia at the age of 96.[6]

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  1. Fermilab: Physics, the Frontier, and Megascience - Lillian Hoddeson, Adrienne W. Kolb, Catherine Westfall - Google Books
  2. American Scientists - Charles W. Carey - Google Books
  3. Google Books
  4. Dan Falk (2005). "What About God?". Universe on a T-Shirt: The Quest for the Theory of Everything. Arcade Publishing. p. 195. ISBN 9781559707336. "Physics isn't a religion. If it were, we'd have a much easier time raising money." - Leon Lederman
  5. Gogineni, Babu (July 10, 2012). "It's the Atheist Particle, actually". Rationalist Humans. Postnoon News. Retrieved 2 October 2016. Leon Lederman is himself an atheist and he regrets the term, and Peter Higgs who is an atheist too, has expressed his displeasure, but the damage has been done!
  6. "IMSA Announces Passing of Founder, Dr. Leon Lederman". Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Retrieved 3 October 2018.

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