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Laurie Brown

Professor Emeritus

PhD, Cornell University, 1951 (thesis advisor, Richard Feynman)

Prof. Brown's research is in elementary particle theory, with numerous articles published in physics journals. Since 1980 he has written mainly on the history of 20th century physics, especially nuclear and particle physics.

Awards and Honors

  • Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1952-55
  • Fulbright Research Scholar, Italy, 1958-60
  • International Energy Agency Professor, University of Vienna , 1966
  • Organizer, International Symposia on History of Particle Physics: Fermilab, 1980 and 1986 and SLAC (Stanford), 1992
  • Chair, APS Forum on History of Physics, 1984 and 1989

Selected Publications

  • "Dirac and the Principles of Quantum Mechanics,” Physics in Perspective 8 (2006), pp. 381-407.
  • Feynman’s Thesis—A New Approach to Quantum Mechanics, editor, (World Scientific, Singapore, 2005).
  • “The Compton Effect as One Path to QED,” Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 3 (2), (2002), pp. 211-49.
  • Selected Papers of Richard Feynman, with Commentary, editor and commentator, (World Scientific, Singapore, 2000).
  • The Origin of the Concept of Nuclear Forces, with Helmut Rechenberg, (Institute of Physics Publishing, Bristol, 1996).
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