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Robert B. Palmer

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Dates

February 28, 1934 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Palmer, Robert B., 1934-

Biography

Abstract

Robert Palmer is Head of the Advanced Accelerator Group at Brookhaven National Laboratory (1994-present). His research interests include cooling systems for a muon collider and the behavior to high-gradient rf cavities in a magnetic field.

Important Dates

February 28, 1934Birth, London (England).

1956Obtained BSc, Imperial College London, London (England).

1959Obtained PhD in Physics, Imperial College London, London (England).

1959 – 1960Research Associate, Imperial College London.

1960 – presentResearcher, Bubble Chamber Group (1960-1970); Deputy Leader, "Omega Group" (1970-1975); Senior Physicist (1974-present); Leader, "Omega Group" (1975-1982); Head, Magnet Division, Colliding Beam Accelerator (CBA) Project (1982-1983); Associate Director, High Energy Physics (1983-1986); Head, Center for Accelerator Physics (1987-1996); Spokesperson and Member, Executive Board, Muon Collider Collaboration (1997-1999); and Head, Advanced Accelerator Group (1994-present), Brookhaven National Laboratory.

1971 – 1972Visiting Scientist, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

1982 – 1985Member, Executive Committee, Division of Particles and Fields, American Physical Society.

1983 – 1986Member, High Energy Physics Advisory Panel, United States Department of Energy.

1987 – 1990Member, International Committee for Future Accelerators, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.

1987 – 1990Physicist, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC).

1989 – 1991Member, Scientific Policy Committee (1989-1991) and Chair, 5cm Dipole Magnet Task Force (1990-1991), Superconducting Super Collider.

1990 – 1996Physicist, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC).

1992 – 1998Adjunct Professor, State University of New York, Stonybrook.

1993Awarded W. K. H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics, American Physical Society.

1997 – presentVisiting Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

1999Awarded Robert R. Wilson Prize for Achievement in the Physics of Particle Accelerators, American Physical Society.

2008Member, National Academy of Sciences.

Occupation

Nuclear physicist.

Places

Birth

London (England)

Undergraduate Education

London (England)

Graduate Education

London (England)

Employment

Upton (N.Y.)

Subjects

Accelerators.

Colliders (Nuclear physics).

Muons.

Particles (Nuclear physics).

Relationships

People

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.

Casten, R.

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Chaudhari, Praveen, 1937-

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

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.

Davis, J. C. Séamus

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Davis, Raymond, 1914-2006

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Emery, V. J. (Victor J.)

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.

Marburger, John H., III (John Harmen), 1941-2011

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

McTague, John P.

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

Researcher, Bubble Chamber Group; Deputy Leader, "Omega Group"; Senior Physicist; Leader, "Omega Group"; Head, Magnet Division, Colliding Beam Accelerator (CBA) Project; Associate Director, High Energy Physics; Head, Center for Accelerator Physics; Spokesperson and Member, Executive Board, Muon Collider Collaboration; and Head, Advanced Accelerator Group.

Imperial College, London. Department of Physics

Obtained BSc (1956) and PhD (1959). Research Associate.

Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

Physicist.

State University of New York at Stony Brook. Department of Physics

Adjunct Professor.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Member, Executive Committee, Division of Particles and Fields; received 1993 W. K. H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics; and received 1999 Robert R. Wilson Prize for Achievement in the Physics of Particle Accelerators.

European Organization for Nuclear Research

Visiting Scientist.

International Union of Pure and Applied Physics

Member, International Committee for Future Accelerators.

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

Visiting Scientist.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory

Chair, 5cm Dipole Magnet Task Force and Member, Scientific Policy Committee.

United States. Department of Energy

Member, High Energy Physics Advisory Panel.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Andrew Pickering interviews conducted for his book CONSTRUCTING QUARKS, 1978-1982.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

Brookhaven Associate Director for High Energy and Nuclear Physics records, 1960-[ongoing].

BNL Bldg. 510-A. Office of the Associate Director for High Energy and Nuclear Physics

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Upton, Long Island, NY 11973, USA