Don Lincoln

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Don Lincoln
Don Lincoln lecturing.jpg
ResidenceChicago area, Illinois
Alma materRose-Hulman Institute of Technology (B.S.)
Rice University (M.A., Ph.D.)
Known forStudies of Quantum Chromodynamics
Searches for new phenomena
Particle physics detector technology
Public speaking
Science popularization
AwardsEuropean Physical Society HEPP Outreach award (2013)
Fellow of the American Physical Society (2015)
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2016)
American Institute of Physics Gemant Award (2017)
Scientific career
FieldsExperimental particle physics
InstitutionsFermi National Accelerator Laboratory
University of Notre Dame

Don Lincoln (born 1964) is an American physicist, author, host of the Youtube channel Fermilab, and science communicator. He conducts research in particle physics at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and is an adjunct professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame.[1] He received a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics from Rice University in 1994. In 1995, he was a codiscoverer of the top quark.[2] He has coauthored hundreds of research papers and, more recently, was a member of the team that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012.[3]

Lincoln is a public speaker and science writer and has contributed many scientific articles in magazines that include Analog Science Fiction and Fact in July 2009, Scientific American in November 2012 and July 2015,[4] and The Physics Teacher many times.[5] He is also the author of books describing particle physics written for the public. They are "Understanding the Universe: From Quarks to the Cosmos (Revised edition)"[6] (2012) and "The Quantum Frontier: The Large Hadron Collider" [7] (2009) and "The Large Hadron Collider: The Extraordinary Story of the Higgs Boson and Other Things That Will Blow Your Mind" [8] (2014). In 2013, he released a book called "Alien Universe: Extraterrestrials in our Minds and in the Cosmos,"[9] which explains how the common images of extraterrestrials came to enter Western culture and then goes on to explore what modern physics, chemistry, and biology can tell us about what real intelligent alien life might be like. He has been involved in a number of videos dedicated to disseminating discoveries in particle physics and since July 7, 2011, has been a keynote speaker for a series produced by Fermilab that explores the range of issues dominating particle physics today in an accessible and sometimes humorous way. Among the topics included in the series are the Higgs Boson, Anti-matter, the nature of Neutrinos, the concepts of the Big Bang, Cosmic Inflation, the Multiverse, and Supersymmetry.[10]

In recent years, he has been heavily involved in research using the DZero detector at the Fermilab Tevatron and also at the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. His popularizations also include columns that translate CMS[11] (monthly) and DZero[12] (biweekly) physics measurements for the public. He is also the author of a recurring segment, Physics in a Nutshell, in the Fermilab online newspaper,[13] he blogs for the television show NOVA website,[14] writes for LiveScience[15] and for CNN.[16] Additionally, he has created several videos[10] that translate particle physics and cosmology for a lay audience. In 2017, in collaboration with The Teaching Company, he released a video course that outlined the scientific community's modern understanding of a theory of everything.[17]

Lincoln is a Fellow of the American Physical Society,[18] a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science,[19] and he received the 2013 European Physical Society HEPP Outreach award “for communicating in multiple media the excitement of High Energy Physics to high-school students and teachers, and the public at large”.[20] He also was awarded the 2017 American Institute of Physics Gemant Award for "cultural, artistic or humanistic contributions to physics for achievements in communication and public outreach".[21]


  1. ^ "Don Lincoln // Department of Physics // University of Notre Dame".
  2. ^ Abachi, S.; et al. (3 April 1995). "Observation of the Top Quark". Physical Review Letters. 74 (14): 2632–2637. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.74.2632. PMID 10057979.
  3. ^ The CMS Collaboration; et al. (2012). "Observation of a new boson at a mass of 125 GeV with the CMS experiment at the LHC". Physics Letters B. 716 (2012): 30. arXiv:1207.7235. doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2012.08.021.
  4. ^ "Stories by Don Lincoln".
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-11-27. Retrieved 2018-04-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Understanding the Universe".
  7. ^ "The Quantum Frontier". 4 February 2009.
  8. ^ "The Large Hadron Collider". 21 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Alien Universe". 9 September 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Don Lincoln Onscreen - YouTube". YouTube.
  11. ^ "Fermilab Today - Result of the Week Archive - 2013".
  12. ^ "Fermilab Today - Result of the Week Archive - 2013".
  13. ^ "Fermilab Today - Physics in a Nutshell Archive - 2015".
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-25. Retrieved 2017-08-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Expert Voices - Don Lincoln".
  16. ^ "don lincoln cnn - Google Search".
  17. ^ "The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality". English.
  18. ^ "APS Fellow Archive".
  19. ^ "2016 AAAS Fellows approved by the AAAS Council". Science. 354 (6315): 981–984. 25 November 2016. doi:10.1126/science.354.6315.981.
  20. ^ "Awards listing" (PDF).
  21. ^ "Don Lincoln Wins 2017 Gemant Award from AIP". 12 April 2017.

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