Edward L. Fireman

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Edward L. Fireman
Born 1922
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died March 29, 1990
Boston, Massachusetts
Alma mater Carnegie Institute of Technology
Scientific career
Fields Physics
Institutions Brookhaven National Laboratory
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Edward L. Fireman (1922–1990) was an American physicist.[1]


Fireman was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1922. In 1943 he got a bachelor's degree from Carnegie Institute of Technology.[2] In 1948 he got a doctorate from Princeton University, where his thesis advisor was John Archibald Wheeler, and in 1950 got a job as a physicist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. He started working for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in 1956 where he remained till he died in 1990.[3]


His research included the analysis of lunar samples, meteorites, and recovered satellites. He also was investigating cosmic rays, muons, solar flares, and neutrinos. He also developed methods for measuring the ages of prehistoric polar ice and designed a climatic record chart. He studied the cosmic neutrino background needed to interpret the solar neutrino experiment of his friend and collaborator Raymond Davis, Jr. at Homestake Mine in South Dakota by using the overlaying soil and rock as a filter to remove other types of radiation.[2] He was a member of many different scientific societies, and the writer of more than 200 scientific papers.[3]

He died Thursday, March 29, 1990, in Boston from a heart attack, at the age of 68.[2]