Stanley Wojcicki

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Stanley Wojcicki
Native name Stanisław Wójcicki
Born (1937-03-30) March 30, 1937 (age 80)
Warsaw, Poland
Institutions Stanford University
Alma mater

University of California, Berkeley PhD.

Harvard University, B.A.
Thesis Pion-Hyperon Resonances (1962)
Notable awards Panofsky Prize (2015)
Spouse Esther Wojcicki
Children Susan Wojcicki
Janet Wojcicki
Anne Wojcicki

Stanley George Wojcicki[1] (/wˈɪtski/ woh-JIT-skee; Polish: [vujˈt͡ʃit͡skʲi]; born Stanisław Wójcicki; March 30, 1937) is a Polish American emeritus professor and former chair of the physics department at Stanford University in California, United States.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Wojcicki was born in Warsaw, Poland, the son of Janina Wanda Ewa Wójcicka (née Kozłowska), a bibliographer, and Franciszek Wójcicki, a lawyer.[1][3] He and his brother fled from Poland to Sweden with his mother at the age of 12, when communists came to power.[4] They eventually arrived in the United States. His father remained in Poland, and was soon imprisoned for five years for being a member of the government's main opposition party. He was never able to get a visa to come to the United States.[4]

Wojcicki and his brother were sent to a boarding school run by the Franciscan order near Buffalo, New York.[4] He excelled in mathematics and had thought of pursuing either engineering or medicine, but decided to study physics. He attended Harvard University on a scholarship and graduated with a BA. He later attended University of California, Berkeley where he earned a PhD.[5]


Wojcicki worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and was a National Science Foundation fellow at CERN and the Collège de France. In 1966, he joined the Stanford University physics faculty where he headed the Department of Physics from 1982–85 and 2004-2007.[5]

Wojcicki has served as an advisor to government funding agencies (US and foreign) as well as to several high energy physics laboratories. He also headed the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel, which advises the United States Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation on particle physics matters.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Stanley Wojcicki is the husband of fellow educator Esther Wojcicki, whom he met at UC Berkeley. They have three children and seven grandchildren.[6]

In 2010, his daughter Anne and her then-husband, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, endowed a $2.5 million chair in experimental physics at Stanford in her father's name.[5]

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