Piermaria Oddone

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Pier Oddone
Pier Oddone
Piermaria Jorge Oddone

(1944-03-26) 26 March 1944 (age 80)
NationalityAmerican, Peruvian
Alma materPrinceton University
Known forFifth director of Fermilab
AwardsW.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics
Scientific career
InstitutionsLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Doctoral advisorMaurice Bazin, Alfred T. Goshaw

Piermaria Jorge Oddone (born March 26, 1944, in Arequipa, Peru[1]) is a Peruvian-American particle physicist.

Oddone earned his bachelor's degree in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965 and a PhD in physics from Princeton University in 1970.

From 1972, Oddone worked at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In 1987 he was appointed director of the Physics Division at Berkeley Lab, and later became the laboratory deputy director for scientific programs. In 1987, he proposed the idea of using an Asymmetric B-factory to study the violation of CP symmetry in the decay of B-mesons.

In the late seventies and early eighties, Oddone was a member of the team that developed the first Time Projection Chamber (TPC). This technology was subsequently used for many particle and nuclear physics experiments. He led the TPC collaboration from 1984 to 1987.

He was appointed director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) and took up office on 1 July 2005.[2][3]

Oddone received the 2005 Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics for the invention of the Asymmetric B-Factory to carry out precision measurements of CP violation in B-meson decays.[4]

He was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1990 "for significant research in elementary- particle physics and contributions to the development of apparatus as well as of the infrastructure required for future advances of the field" [5]

In 2011 at an international symposium held in Vatican City, he gave a talk Achievements in Subnuclear Physics at Fermilab.[6] In September 2012, Oddone announced he would retire on July 1, 2013, after 8 years serving as lab director.[7]


  1. ^ "Piermaria Oddone - Array of Contemporary American Physicists". Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  2. ^ "19 November 2004 - Fermilab: Pier Oddone of Berkeley Lab Named Fermilab Director". 18 November 2004.
  3. ^ "Berkeley Lab Media Advisory".
  4. ^ APS citation>
  5. ^ "APS Fellow Archive". APS. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  6. ^ Sánchez Sorondo, Marcelo; Zichichi, Antonino, eds. (2014). "Achievements in Subnuclear Physics at Fermilab by Pier Oddone" (PDF). Subnuclear Physics: Past, Present and Future; Proceedings of the International Symposium, held 30 October - 2 November 2011, held in Vatican City. Scripta Varia, volume 119. Pontifical Academy of Sciences. pp. 82–96.
  7. ^ "Aurora, IL News - Aurora Beacon-News". Archived from the original on 2013-10-04.

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