Leon Lederman

Physicist
1994Spring

Leon Lederman is a renowned American physicist who shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in physics for his work with subatomic particles. In addition to the Nobel Prize, Lederman has received numerous awards and honors including the Franklin Institute’s Elliot Cresson Prize, Israel’s Wolf Foundation Prize in Physics, the Department of Energy’s Distinguished Associate Award, and the U.S. National Medal of Science. Lederman has also been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Additionally, Lederman has received dozens of honorary degrees from college and universities, including the University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon University, Mexico’s University of Guanajuato, Columbia University, the University of Notre Dame, and Pennsylvania State University. Lederman is Director Emeritus of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois, and he founded the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, which is the nation's only three-year public residential high school for exceptional math and science students. Earlier in his career, Lederman served as a professor at Columbia University, eventually becoming Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics. After a brief stint at the University of Chicago, Lederman went to the Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1991, Lederman took on the role of President at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. An advocate of “physics first” curriculum in schools, Lederman was a leader in innovating high school science curriculum. In addition to his science advocacy and research, Lederman is a writer and has published a number of books. These include: The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What is the Question?Portraits of Great American Scientists, andSymmetry and the Beautiful Universe.

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