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Biography

AbstractImportant DatesOccupationPlacesSubjects

Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

Resources

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Raymond Davis

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Dates

October 14, 1914 – May 31, 2006

Authorized Form of Name

Davis, Raymond, 1914-2006

Additional Forms of Names

Davis, Raymond, Jr.

Biography

Abstract

Raymond Davis Jr. was a Research Professor of Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania (1984–2001). Other institutional affiliations include Brookhaven National Laboratory. His research interests spanned chemistry, physics, and astrophysics. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2002 with Masatoshi Koshiba.

Important Dates

October 14, 1914Birth, Washington (D.C.).

1937Obtained BS, University of Maryland, College Park (Md.).

1937 – 1938Research Chemist, Dow Chemical Company.

1940Obtained MS, University of Maryland, College Park (Md.).

1942Obtained PhD in Physical Chemistry, Yale University, New Haven (Conn.).

1942 – 1946Member, Army Air Forces, United States Army.

1946 – 1948Research Chemist, Mound Laboratory, Monsanto Chemical Company.

1948 – 1984Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island (N.Y.).

1982Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1984 – 2001Research Professor of Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Pa.).

1988Awarded Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics, American Physical Society.

1992Awarded W. K. H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics, American Physical Society.

2000Awarded Wolf Foundation Prize in Physics.

2001Awarded National Medal of Science.

2002Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics with Masatoshi Koshiba "for pioneering contributions to astrophysics, in particular for the detection of cosmic neutrinos".

2003Awarded Enrico Fermi Award, United States Department of Energy.

May 31, 2006Death, Blue Point (N.Y.).

Occupation

Astrophysicist.

Places

Birth

Washington (D.C.)

Undergraduate Education

College Park (Md.)

Graduate Education

College Park (Md.)

New Haven (Conn.)

Employment

Long Island (N.Y.)

Philadelphia (Pa.)

Death

Blue Point (N.Y.)

Subjects

Astrophysics.

Nuclear physics.

Physical chemistry.

Solar neutrinos.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Koshiba, Masatoshi, 1926-

Shared the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physics "for pioneering contributions to astrophysics, in particular for the detection of cosmic neutrinos."

Colleagues

Adair, Robert K., 1924-

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Aronson, Samuel, 1942-

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Blume, Martin, 1932-

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Brueckner, Keith A.

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Burstein, Elias, 1917-2017

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Callen, Herbert B.

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Casten, R.

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Chaikin, Paul M.

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Cool, Rodney L. (Rodney Lee), 1920-1988

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Coppersmith, Susan Nan

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Courant, Ernest D. (Ernest David), 1920-

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Cronin, James W., 1931-2016

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Dolan, Gerald

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Emery, V. J. (Victor J.)

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Feinberg, Gerald, 1933-

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Frazer, Benjamin Chalmers

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Goldhaber, Gertrude S. -1998

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Goldhaber, Maurice, 1911-2011

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Goudsmit, Samuel A. (Samuel Abraham), 1902-1978

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Haworth, Leland J. (Leland John), 1904-

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Johnson, Peter D., 1952-

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Livingston, M. Stanley (Milton Stanley)

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

McTague, John P.

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Morse, Philip M. (Philip McCord), 1903-1985

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Palmer, Robert B., 1934-

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Poskanzer, Arthur M.

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Samios, Nicholas P.

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Schwartz, Melvin, 1932-2006

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Shirane, G.

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Tape, Gerald Frederick, 1915-2005

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Vineyard, G. H.

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Warburton, Ernest Keeling

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Wick, G. C. (Gian Carlo)

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Institutions

Major Positions

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Scientist.

Dow Chemical Company

Research Chemist.

Monsanto Chemical Company

Research Chemist, Mound Laboratory.

United States. Army Air Forces

Member.

University of Pennsylvania. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Research Professor of Astronomy.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Received 1988 Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics and 1992 W. K. H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

United States. Department of Energy

Received 2003 Enrico Fermi Award.

University of Maryland, College Park. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Obtained BS and MS.

Wolf Foundation Prizes

Received 2000 Wolf Foundation Prize in Physics.

Yale University. Department of Chemistry

Obtained PhD in Physical Chemistry.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Joint symposium of the Division of Astrophysics and the Forum for History of Physics [sound recording] / 1987 April 21 & 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

Oral history interview with Masatoshi Koshiba, 1997 August 30.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

Raymond Davis Jr. Nobel Prize autobiography

Subject

Raymond David Jr. Physics Today obituary.