Reines Lecture 2023

2023 REINES LECTURE: Exploring the Cosmos

Samuel Ting

Samuel Ting

Nobel Prize in Physics 1976
University of California, Irvine

Samuel Ting won the 1976 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the charm quark. Known as the “November Revolution” in textbooks, the discovery opened the floodgates for the many discoveries that followed. Currently, Ting leads the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a $2 billion experiment that was transported to the International Space Station on the last space shuttle flight in 2011. AMS is the most sophisticated scientific instrument ever launched into space and is transforming our understanding of cosmic particles in the universe.

Ting was born in Michigan in 1936, but moved to Shanghai when he was 2 months old. He spent much of his childhood on the run, first because of the Sino-Japanese War, and then because of the Chinese Civil War. At age 18 he started college in Taiwan, but then decided to seek a better education elsewhere and moved to the United States with $100 in his pocket and little proficiency in English. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA two years later, with a Ph.D. three years after that, and he won the Nobel Prize at age 40. He is the Thomas Dudley Cabot Institute Professor of Physics at MIT and has received 14 honorary degrees and is a member or foreign member of 10 national science academies.

Reines Lecture:


Asian/American Journey (Illuminations event)


Physics and Astronomy Department Colloquium:


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