Died Nobel laureate Leon Lederman who coined the term «God particle»

© AP Photo / Reidar Hahn American physicist, Nobel laureate Leon Lederman. Archival photoDied Nobel laureate Leon Lederman who coined the term «God particle»© AP Photo / Reidar Hahn

American physicist, Nobel laureate Leon Lederman, the author of the term «God particle», has died in the us city of Rexburg (Idaho) at the age of 96 years, writes portal Science News.

It is reported that Lederman died on Wednesday, information about his death was confirmed by the wife.

Lederman was born on 15 July 1922 in new York the son of Jewish migrants from the USSR. In 1943 he received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, but then the obvious was his interest in physics. After the war, Lederman entered the physics faculty of Columbia University where he defended his thesis and in 1951 became a doctor of Sciences.

In 1988, Lederman and his two colleagues received the Nobel prize for the discovery of one of the types of neutrinos (now aware of the existence of three types of neutrinos).

As the portal notes, Lederman not only in science, but also contributed to its popularization. In 1993 a book was published about the Higgs boson The God Particle («God Particle»), written by Lederman co-authored with journalist Dick Terezi.

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