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Title: New Directions in Science: The Search for Fractional Charge Particles
Originating Office: IAS
Speaker: Perl, Martin
Issue Date: 26-Oct-2007
Event Date: 26-Oct-2007
Group/Series/Folder: Record Group 8.15 - Institute for Advanced Study
Series 3 - Audio-visual Materials
Location: 8.15:3 box 1.2
Notes: Institute for Advanced Study Nobel lectures Series.
Professor Martin Perl started his career as a chemical engineer at the General Electric Co. in 1948–50. He completed his Ph.D. in physics at Columbia University in 1955. He taught at the University of Michigan in 1955–63 before joining Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 40 years.
His life’s work was the study of elementary particles, and it was his work in the 1970s, using the Stanford Linear Accelerator, that led to his detection of the tau lepton – a short-lived, heavyweight cousin of the electron and one of the fundamental building blocks of matter. His discovery lends support to the ‘Big Bang’ theory of creation. For this work he shared the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physics. He has also worked on the applications of optics and electronics, and is known as an environmentalist and long-standing opponent of nuclear weapons.
Duration: 63 min.
Appears in Series:8.15:3 - Audio-visual Materials
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