Francis Halzen

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Francis Louis Halzen (born 23 March 1944 in Tienen, Belgium) is a Belgian-American particle physicist, known for the development of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica which has been operational since 2010.


Halzen graduated from the University of Louvain (UCLouvain) with a MSc Physics degree in 1966, then a PhD in 1969.


Between 1969-1971 he worked as a scientific associate at CERN. Since 1972 he has been a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the principal investigator on the AMANDA and IceCube projects.[1]

With Alan Martin he is the co-author of Quarks and Leptons, a standard text.[2]



  1. ^ "Francis Halzen CV" (PDF). IceCube/University of Wisconsin. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Alan Martin". Fellows Directory. Royal Society. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  3. ^ Hamish Johnston (December 13, 2013). "Cosmic neutrinos named Physics World 2013 Breakthrough of the Year". Physics World. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "2015 Balzan Prize for Astroparticle Physics including neutrino and gamma-ray observation". International Balzan Prize Foundation. October 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "The 2015 EPS HEPP Prizes are announced". European Physical Society. April 14, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2018.