Marvin Leonard Goldberger

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Marvin Leonard Goldberger (born October 22, 1922) is a theoretical physicist and former president of the California Institute of Technology.


Goldberger was born in Chicago, Illinois, and went on to receive his B.S. at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago in 1948 or 1949. His advisor on thesis, Interaction of High-Energy Neutrons with Heavy Nuclei, was Enrico Fermi.[1]

Goldberger was a professor of physics at Princeton University from 1957 through 1977. He received the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics in 1961,[2] and in 1963 was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. From 1978 through 1987 he served as president of Caltech. He was the Director of the Institute for Advanced Study from 1987 to 1991.[3] From 1991 to 1993 he was a professor of physics at the University of California, Los Angeles. From 1993 to the present he has been a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego, where he has served as Dean of Natural Sciences. He is currently an emeritus professor at UC San Diego.

Around 1958, he and Sam Bard Treiman derived the so-called Goldberger-Treiman relations.[4]

He was a member of JASON. He has been involved in nuclear arms control efforts. He has also advised a number of major corporations; for example he was on the board of directors of General Motors for 12 years.


  • Marvin L. Goldberger (1961). Introduction to the theory and applications of dispersion relations. Hermann. 
  • Marvin L. Goldberger and Kenneth M. Watson (2004). Collision Theory. Dover. ISBN 0-486-43507-5.  (corrected version of book originally published in 1964)
  • Francesco Calogero, Marvin L. Goldberger, and Sergei P. Kapitza (editor) (1991). Verification: Monitoring Disarmament. Westview Press. ISBN 0-8133-0965-4. 


  1. ^ Mathematics Genealogy Project Retrieved 1/10/2007.
  2. ^ [1] APS page on Dannie Heineman Prize, retrieved January 10, 2007
  3. ^ Anthony DePalma (1991-06-26). "For Scholarly Nirvana, Familiar Questions as Leaders Change". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-14. "Dr. Goldberger, a former president of the California Institute of Technology, is a wry man who is able, despite his revered office (it belonged to J. Robert Oppenheimer from 1947 to 1966), to poke fun at himself. Given such an independent and strong-willed faculty, he said he sees the director's job as more that of pit crew than of car driver in this intellectual road race." 
  4. ^ Golberger, Marvin L.; Treiman, S.B. (1958). "Decay of the π Meson". Physical Review 110 (5): 1178. Bibcode:1958PhRv..110.1178G. doi:10.1103/PhysRev.110.1178. 

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