Five Brown physics professors played an integral role in the discovery of a Higgs boson-like particle, a “God particle” important in our understanding of the nature of matter. Gerald Guralnik was a co-author of one of the 1964 papers that posited the existence of a Higgs boson-like particle, while Greg Landsberg has worked as the physics coordinator on an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. David Cutts, Meenakshi Narain, and Ulrich Heintz have been involved in analysis of the data provided by the collider. The Spectator is proud and excited to see that five Brown professors were involved in the discovery of the particles that complete the Standard Model of particle physics. Brown prides itself on being a liberal arts school with academic offerings spanning every imaginable discipline, but the five physics professors’ role in the discovery of a Higgs boson-like particle serves as a reminder that Brown’s science departments have firepower behind them.

Gerald Guralnik

Brown physics professor Gerald Guralnik, a co-author of one of the first papers to posit the existence of the Higgs boson

 

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