Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Helen Quinn: theoretical particle physicist

Physicist Helen Quinn joined the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in 1967 as a research associate, was made part of the permanent staff in 1979, and, by 1993, worked her way up to full professor. In addition to her research ("unifying the strong, weak and electromagnetic interactions into a single coherent model of particle physics"), she also devotes her time to physics education, including managing SLAC's education and outreach programs and being the founding President of the Contemporary Physics Education Project.

Her awards include:

In 2004 she interviewed by the National Academy of Sciences. She talks about her research on the charm quark, the balance of matter and antimatter, being one of only three women in her class in Stanford's physics program, following her husband to Boston and teaching high school physics, and the role of women in contemporary physics. Go have a listen (RealPlayer required).

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3 comments:

Passionate Believer said...

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hOllY ! said...

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Peggy said...

Welcome passionate believer. I agree that everyone should learn science, even people who aren't interested in becoming scientists. Science affects everything around us, and knowledge is power!

holly: I haven't heard of that particular program. I hope you have a good time!