David R. Nygren

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David R. Nygren
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BornDecember 30, 1938 (1938-12-30) (age 83)
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]

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  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. ^ University of Texas at Arlington, ed. (September 7, 2017). "UTA's David Nygren receives Marie Sklodowska-Curie award". Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  5. ^ "Faces & Places: Nygren, Radeka, and Witten receive new awards from the American Physical Society". CERN Courier. November 13, 2015. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  6. ^ "UT Arlington physicist awarded prestigious Aldo Menzione Prize for Time Projection Chamber". Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  7. ^ "National Academy of Inventors names three UTA top researchers as Fellows". uta.edu. December 17, 2015. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  8. ^ Weiner, Jon (May 30, 2013). "Berkeley Lab Announces Director's Awards: Physicist, Big Data Expert Recognized for Lifetime Achievement". Newsletter. Berkeley Lab. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  9. ^ "1998 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics Recipient". Retrieved February 22, 2019.

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