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Institutional History

AbstractLaboratory directorsImportant DatesPlacesSubjects



SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory



2008 – present

Authorized Form of Name

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Additional Forms of Names


Institutional History


In 2008, the United States Department of Energy renamed the facility the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory where "SLAC" has no explicit meaning. SLAC's scientific mission has diversified from its original focus on particle physics and accelerator science to include cosmology, materials and environmental sciences, biology, chemistry, and alternative energy.

Laboratory directors

2008-12, Persis Drell.

2012-present, Chi-Chang Kao.

Important Dates

2008United States Department of Energy changed the name of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center to SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park (Calif.).

2008 – presentSteven Kahn has been on staff.

2008 – presentPersis Drell has been on staff.

2008 – presentJoachim Stöhr has been on staff.

2008 – presentZhi-Xun Shen has been on staff.

2008 – presentJonathan Dorfan has been on staff.

2008 – presentHelen Quinn has been on staff.

2008 – presentCharles Prescott has been on staff.

2008 – presentMartin Perl has been on staff.

2008 – presentSidney Drell has been on staff.

2008 – presentBurton Richter has been on staff.

2008 – presentRichard Taylor has been on staff.



Menlo Park (Calif.)






Linear accelerators.

Materials science.

Physical laboratories.



Employees & Officers

Dorfan, Jonathan

Director Emeritus.

Drell, Persis S.

Director and Director Emerita.

Drell, Sidney D. (Sidney David), 1926-

Professor Emeritus.

Kahn, Steven Michael

Professor of Physics and Director, Particle Physics and Astrophysics.

Perl, Martin L., 1927-2014

Emeritus Professor of Physics.

Prescott, Charles

Emeritus Professor of Physics.

Quinn, Helen R.

Professor Emerita.

Richter, Burton, 1931-2018


Shen, Zhi-Xun

Professor of Applied Physics and Photo Science and Chief Scientist.

Stöhr, Joachim

Director, Linac Coherent Light Source.

Taylor, Richard Edward, 1929-2018

Professor Emeritus.


Institutional Hierarchy

Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

Name changed in 2008 by the United States Department of Energy.