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Frederick Reines

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Dates

March 16, 1918 – August 26, 1998

Authorized Form of Name

Reines, Frederick, 1918-1998

Additional Forms of Names

Reines, F. (Frederick), 1918-1998

Biography

Abstract

Frederick Reines was Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Physics at University of California, Irvine (1988-1998). Other institutional affiliations included Case Institute of Technology and Los Alamos National Laboratory. His research interests include neutrinos. In 1995, he won the Nobel Prize in Physics "for the detection of the neutrino."

Important Dates

March 16, 1918Birth, Paterson (N.J.).

1939Obtained ME, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken (N.J.).

1941Obtained MS, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken (N.J.).

1944Obtained PhD in Theoretical Physics, New York University, New York (N.Y.).

1944 – 1959Staff Member and Group Leader (1944-1959) and Experiment Director, Operation Greenhouse, Eniwetok Atoll (1951), Los Alamos Laboratory, Los Alamos (N.M.).

1949 – 1953Consultant, Armed Forces Special Weapons Project.

1950Consultant, RAND Corporation.

1957Fellow, American Physical Society.

1959 – 1966Professor of Physics (1959-1966); Head, Department of Physics (1959-1966); and Chair, Joint Research in High Energy Physics Program with Western Reserve University (1959-1966), Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland (Ohio).

1961 – 1964Member, Board of Trustees, Argonne Universities Association.

1963 – 1964Member, Electrophysics Advisory Committee, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

1965 – 1969Consultant, Institute for Defense Analyses.

1965 – 1969Consultant, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

1966Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

1966 – 1998Dean, Physical Sciences (1966-1974); Professor of Physics (1966-1987); Professor of Radiological Science, Medical School (1970-1998); Distinguished Professor of Physics (1987-1988); and Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Physics (1988-1998), University of California, Irvine, Irvine (Calif.).

1979Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

1980Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1983Awarded National Medal of Science.

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

1995Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics "for the detection of the neutrino".

August 26, 1998Death, Orange (Calif.).

Occupation

Particle physicist.

Places

Birth

Paterson (N.J.)

Graduate Education

Hoboken (N.J.)

New York (N.Y.)

Employment

Los Alamos (N.M.)

Cleveland (Ohio)

Irvine (Calif.)

Death

Orange (Calif.)

Subjects

Cosmic rays.

Neutrinos.

Particles (Nuclear physics).

Relationships

People

Family

Cowden, Alisa K.

Daughter.

Reines, Gussie Cohen

Mother.

Reines, Israel

Father.

Reines, Robert G.

Son.

Samuels, Sylvia

Wife. Married in 1940.

Advisors & Collaborators

Present, Richard David, 1913-

PhD advisor at New York University, "Nuclear Fission and the Liquid Drop Model of the Nucleus."

Colleagues

Agnew, Harold M.

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

Bradbury, Norris, 1909-1997

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

Chadwick, James, 1891-1974

Both employed at Los Alamos Laboratory, Manhattan Project.

Dash, J. G., 1923-

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

Duffield, Robert B.

Both employed at Los Alamos Laboratory, Manhattan Project.

Fitch, Val L., 1923-2015

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

Knapp, Edward A.

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

Rosenbluth, M. N.

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

Shankland, Robert S., 1908-

Both employed at Case Institute of Technology.

Teller, Edward, 1908-2003

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

Ulam, Stanislaw M.

Both employed at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

Additional

Jenkins, Thomas Lewellyn

Welton, Theodore Allen, 1918-

Institutions

Major Positions

California College of Medicine

Professor of Radiological Science.

Case Institute of Technology

Professor of Physics; Head, Department of Physics; and Chair, Joint Research in High Energy Physics Program with Western Reserve University.

Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory

Staff Member; Group Leader, and Experiment Director, Operation Greenhouse, Eniwetok Atoll; and Consultant.

University of California, Irvine. Division of Physics and Engineering

Dean, Physical Sciences; Professor of Physics; Distinguished Professor of Physics; and Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Fellow.

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Fellow.

American Physical Society

Fellow and received 1992 W. K. H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics.

Argonne Universities Association

Member, Board of Trustees.

Armed Forces Special Weapons Project (U.S.)

Consultant.

Institute for Defense Analyses

Consultant.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

New York University. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD in Theoretical Physics (1944).

Rand Corporation

Consultant.

Stevens Institute of Technology

Obtained ME (1939) and MS (1941).

United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Member, Electrophysics Advisory Committee.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Frederick Reines papers, 1956-1966.

Archives.

Case Western Reserve University

10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106-7229, USA

Frederick Reines papers, circa 1954-1996.

University Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections.

University of California, Irvine.

P. O. Box 19557, Irvine, CA 92623-9557, USA

Manhattan Project videohistory collection [videorecording], 1987-1990.

Smithsonian Institution. Archives.

Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507, 600 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024-2520, USA

Oral history interviews. High-Energy Physics. Selected Experiments: IMB: The Irvine-Michigan-Brookhaven Experiment, 1990-1991.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Proton decay and related matters [sound recording] / presented at the American Physical Society Spring Meeting; 1980 April 30.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Selected talks from the International Conference on the History of Original Ideas and Basic Discoveries in Particle Physics [sound recording] / 1994.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

American Institute of Physics Physics Today division Bertram Schwarzschild Nobel Prize files, 1954-2013.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Theodore Welton memories, circa 1984.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Thomas L. Jenkins papers, 1960-1966.

Archives.

Case Western Reserve University

10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106-7229, USA

Published Resources

Author

"Detection of the Neutrino," in Pions to Quarks: Particle Physics in the 1950s, ed. Laurie M. Brown, Max Dresden, and Lillian Hoddeson (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press: 1989), 359-366

Frederick Reines Nobel Prize Autobiography.

Subject

"Frederick Reines: 1918-1998", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences

Frederick Reines Physics Today obituary.