FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 03/21/96
CONTACT: Margie Yu, Public Affairs Assistant
the 13th Annual Leon Pape Memorial Lecture
Los Angeles, March 21, 1996 -- Nobel Laureate Samuel C.C. Ting will speak on the topic, "In Search of the Fundamental Building Blocks of Nature," at California State University, Los Angeles' 13th Annual Leon Pape Memorial Lecture. The presentation, sponsored by Cal State L.A. Department of Physics and Astronomy, will be held on Friday, April 19, 1996, beginning at 2 p.m. in Physical Sciences, room 158, on the CSLA campus.
Dr. Ting is a high-energy nuclear physicist who received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his co-discovery of a fundamental atomic particle. The search for this particle gave rise to a spectacular race between Ting's group at MIT and the Stanford group, directed by Burton Richter. Working independently and publishing concurrently, the two groups effectively validated each other's conclusions. The tie was recognized world-wide with the adoption of both their separate designations: the particle became known as J/Psi. Ting and Richter shared the Nobel Prize in 1976.
Ting was born in 1936 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his parents were graduate students at the University of Michigan. Later that year the family returned to China, where he received his pre-college education. He then returned to the United States and earned his baccalaureate and doctoral degrees at his parents' alma mater, completing his Ph.D. in 1962.
Following a period of research at European nuclear physics centers, Ting was appointed Professor of Physics at MIT in 1969, and in 1977, he was chosen to be the first Thomas Dudley Cabot Institute professor there. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academia Sinica of the Republic of China, and other scientific academies. He has received several major national and international honors, including the Earnest Orlando Lawrence award of the United States government, which commemorates the inventor of the cyclotron. Ting also hold several honorary doctorates and professorships, including two from American universities and three from universities in China.
Ting's research activities are global and will soon become interplanetary -- in addition to his work at the MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Science and the CERN Laboratory in Switzerland, he is preparing an experiment for the International Space Station.
Cal State L.A. is located at the Eastern Avenue exit of the San Bernardino (I-10) freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 freeways. For more information regarding the 13th Annual Leon Pape Memorial Lecture, please call CSLA Department of Physics and Astronomy at (323) 343-2100.