Melvin Schwartz

About Melvin Schwartz

Who is it?: Physicist
Birth Day: November 02, 1932
Birth Place: New York City, United States
Died On: August 28, 2006(2006-08-28) (aged 73)\nTwin Falls, Idaho, U.S.
Birth Sign: Sagittarius
Alma mater: Columbia University (B.A., Ph.D.)
Known for: Neutrinos
Spouse(s): Marilyn
Children: 3
Awards: Nobel Prize in Physics (1988)
Fields: Particle physics
Institutions: Brookhaven National Laboratory Stanford University Columbia University
Doctoral advisor: Jack Steinberger

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Melvin Schwartz was born on November 02, 1932 in New York City, United States, is Physicist. Melvin Schwartz was an American physicist who along with Leon M. Lederman and Jack Steinberger played a prominent role in the development of the neutrino beam method for which the trio received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1988. The pioneering experiments conducted by the men showed for the first time that two types of neutrinos existed. Born in New York City during the Great Depression, Schwartz had a difficult childhood as his parents struggled to provide economic stability for the family. But despite the challenging circumstances, his parents instilled in their young son the importance of contributing to the betterment of mankind. He attended the Bronx High School of Science where he realized his love for physics. He then proceeded to study physics at Columbia University, and embarked on an academic career after completing his PhD. He became a professor of physics at Stanford University after teaching at Columbia for a few years. It was at Columbia that he met his future collaborators Jack Steinberger and Leon M. Lederman; with them he performed the experiments that would eventually earn them the Nobel Prize in Physics. After years of a successful academic career he ventured into newer territories and founded a company, Digital Pathways.
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He earned his B.A. (1953) and Ph.D. (1958) at Columbia University, where Nobel laureate I. I. Rabi was the head of the physics department. Schwartz became an assistant professor at Columbia in 1958. He was promoted to associate professor in 1960 and full professor in 1963. Tsung-Dao Lee, a Columbia colleague who had recently won the Nobel prize at age 30, inspired the experiment for which Schwartz received his Nobel. Schwartz and his colleagues performed the experiments which led to their Nobel Prize in the early 1960s, when all three were on the Columbia faculty. The experiment was carried out at the nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory.


In 1966, after 17 years at Columbia, he moved west to Stanford University, where SLAC, a new accelerator, was just being completed. There, he was involved in research investigating the charge asymmetry in the decay of long-lived neutral kaons and another project which produced and detected relativistic hydrogen-like atoms made up of a pion and a muon.


In the 1970s he founded and became President of Digital Pathways. In 1972 he published a textbook on classical electrodynamics that has become a standard reference for intermediate and advanced students for its particularly clear exposition of the basic physical principles of the theory. In 1991, he became Associate Director of High Energy and Nuclear Physics at Brookhaven National Laboratory. At the same time, he rejoined the Columbia faculty as Professor of Physics. He became I. I. Rabi Professor of Physics in 1994 and retired as Rabi Professor Emeritus in 2000. He spent his retirement years in Ketchum, Idaho, and died August 28, 2006 at a Twin Falls, Idaho, nursing home after struggling with Parkinson's disease and hepatitis C.