David R. Nygren

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David R. Nygren
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Born December 30, 1938 (1938-12-30) (age 79)
Alma mater B.A. Whitman College (1960), Ph.D. University of Washington (1967)
Known for Invention of Time projection chamber
Awards E. O. Lawrence Award (1985)
Panofsky Prize (1998)
Scientific career
Fields Particle Physics
Institutions University 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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