David R. Nygren

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David R. Nygren
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BornDecember 30, 1938 (1938-12-30) (age 79)
Alma materB.A. Whitman College (1960), Ph.D. University of Washington (1967)
Known forInvention of Time projection chamber
AwardsE. O. Lawrence Award (1985)
Panofsky Prize (1998)
IEEE Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award (2018)
Scientific career
FieldsParticle Physics
InstitutionsUniversity of Texas, Arlington, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley

David Robert Nygren (born December 30, 1938) is a particle physicist known for his invention of the time projection chamber.[1] He is a Presidential Distinguished Professor of Physics, University of Texas at Arlington now. He has worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 1973.[2] He has been called "the most distinguished developer of particle detection instruments in the country".[2]

Nygren earned his B.A. degree at Whitman College in 1960, and his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 1967. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society.[3]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 2015 - Aldo Menzione award from Frontier Detectors for Frontier Physics Society awarded at 13th Pisa Meeting on Advanced Detectors[4]
  • 2013 - Lifetime Achievement Award from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory[5]
  • 2008 - Honorary doctorate, Stockholm University
  • 2000 - Member, National Academy of Sciences
  • 1998 - W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics[6]
  • 1995 - Distinguished Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory[2]
  • 1985 - Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award[1]


  1. ^ a b "The Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award: 1980's Laureates". Department of Energy. Retrieved August 18, 2007. David R. Nygren, 1985: Physics: For the development of experimental techniques in particle physics and especially for the invention of the Time Projection Chamber.
  2. ^ a b c Kolb, Ron (December 15, 1995). "Nygren, Poskanzer and Stephens Named Distinguished Scientists by Berkeley Lab". Department of Energy. Retrieved August 18, 2007.
  3. ^ "1998 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics Recipient". American Physical Society. Retrieved August 18, 2007.
  4. ^ "UT Arlington physicist awarded prestigious Aldo Menzione Prize for Time Projection Chamber". Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  5. ^ Weiner, Jon. "Berkeley Lab Announces Director's Awards: Physicist, Big Data Expert Recognized for Lifetime Achievement". Newsletter, May 30, 2013. Berkeley Lab. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  6. ^ "1998 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics Recipient". American Physical Society. Retrieved April 6, 2014.

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