Steven Weinberg

Steven Weinberg

American physicist, Nobel laureate
Date of Birth: 03.05.1933
Country: USA

Biography of Steven Weinberg

Steven Weinberg was an American physicist and Nobel laureate. He was born in 1933 in New York City, USA, into a Jewish family. After graduating from Bronx High School of Science in 1950, Weinberg attended Cornell University, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in 1954. He then pursued his doctoral degree at Princeton University, which he completed in 1957.

Steven Weinberg

After defending his doctoral dissertation, Weinberg worked at Columbia University and also taught at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1973, he joined Harvard University as a professor of physics, succeeding Julius S. Schwinger. During this time, he also served as the chief scientific officer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

Steven Weinberg

Weinberg had a broad range of research interests, including high-energy behavior of Feynman diagrams, neutral currents in weak interactions, symmetry breaking, scattering theory, muon physics, and various other topics. He often chose his research subjects based on his desire to independently understand different areas of physics.

Steven Weinberg

In 1979, Weinberg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his contribution to the unified theory of weak and electromagnetic interactions between elementary particles, including the prediction of weak neutral currents. He shared the prize with Sheldon Glashow and Abdus Salam.

Steven Weinberg

Aside from his scientific accomplishments, Weinberg was also a science popularizer. He presented arguments in front of the US Congress to advocate for the construction of the Superconducting Super Collider. He wrote numerous articles for the New York Review of Books and authored several books that popularized physics, combining it with history and philosophy. His books were known for their aphorisms, witty anecdotes, and vivid language.

Weinberg was a member of the Royal Society of London, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and many other scientific communities. He held honorary doctorates from various universities. His wife, Louise Weinberg, is a lawyer and a professor at the University of Texas School of Law. In the preface to his book Dreams of a Final Theory, Weinberg expressed his deep gratitude to Louise for helping him rewrite the first version of the book and guiding him on how to improve it.

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