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Fermilab Lecture Series - Sticks & Stones, Particles & Batteries: Ben Franklin W

  • Apr 25, 2014 · 7:45 PM
  • Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium

The rapid evolution of particle physics over the last century, from the discovery of the electron to the most recent observation of the Higgs Boson particle, has been matched by advances in technology and the concomitant improvements in our standard of living. Benjamin Franklin, ever inquisitive about how nature worked and how it affects us, would certainly enjoy the particle physics of today and would be in wonder about how we got this far so fast. Just as humanity's prosperity, security, and comfort have been propelled forward by cheap sources of energy, so too has the field of particle physics. In this lecture, Dr. Lockyer will discuss this incessant progress as it relates to particles, their applications as tools, and the role of energy.

Nigel Lockyer began his tenure as director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in September 2013. An experimental particle physicist, Lockyer spent more than two decades as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focused on high-energy particle physics using experiments at Fermilab's Tevatron particle collider and the applications of particle physics technologies to medicine. In 2005 Lockyer became the director of TRIUMF, Canada's national laboratory for nuclear and particle physics. Under his leadership, TRIUMF formulated a vision for ascending the world stage in nuclear physics, expanded its operations by 25 percent, developed strong partnerships among Canada's major science laboratories and launched new international collaborations. Lockyer holds a Ph.D. in physics from The Ohio State University, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and received the society's 2006 Panofsky Prize for his leading research on the bottom quark.

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  • Nuni

    I enjoyed the lecture very much despite the fact that a lot of it was so above my scope of understanding. So funny!

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • David T.

    Dr. Lockyer is a very entertaining communicator. He lost me about 75% of the way through his lecture, but found the entire talk very interesting. I had no idea Fermilab is so involved still in particle physics research. Also enjoyed talking to the pioneer American Airlines Pilot at the reception. She must have been a dedicated groundbreaker in her field, too.

    2 · April 27, 2014

    • Miguel A

      That was when Dr. Lockyer started displaying equations... And, yes, Fermilab is still in particle physics research, but in the "intensity frontier" (study of ultra-rare events), since research in the "energy frontier" (requiring high energy accelerators) is now led by Europe.

      1 · April 27, 2014

  • Scott S.

    Good to see everyone there.

    April 26, 2014

  • David T.

    I was fortunate enough to tour Fermilab with my High School Physics teacher in 1966. Looking forward to visiting again and getting a "quantum" update from Dr. Lockyer (amazing how much physics,and Fermilab have changed since then!)

    1 · March 27, 2014

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