Val Logsdon Fitch

1923 - 2015

Val Logsdon Fitch

Val Logsdon Fitch (March 10, 1923 – February 5, 2015) was an American nuclear physicist who, with co-researcher James Cronin, was awarded the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physics for a 1964 experiment using the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron at Brookhaven National Laboratory that proved that certain subatomic reactions do not adhere to fundamental symmetry principles. Specifically, they proved, by examining the decay of K-mesons, that a reaction run in reverse does not retrace the path of the original reaction, which showed that the reactions of subatomic particles are not indifferent to time. Thus the phenomenon of CP violation was discovered. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Val Logsdon Fitch has received more than 149,833 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 201st most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Val Logsdon Fitch ranks 200 out of 659Before him are Charles H. Townes, John Cockcroft, Patrick Blackett, Michio Kaku, John L. Hall, and Roy J. Glauber. After him are Isamu Akasaki, Robert Hofstadter, Laura Bassi, Nevill Francis Mott, Rolf Maximilian Sievert, and Leon M. Lederman.

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Among people born in 1923, Val Logsdon Fitch ranks 27Before him are Mas Oyama, Alan Shepard, Jack Kilby, Richard Attenborough, Arvid Carlsson, and Yaşar Kemal. After him are Valentina Cortese, Yma Sumac, Antoni Tàpies, Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, René Girard, and Markus Wolf. Among people deceased in 2015, Val Logsdon Fitch ranks 39Before him are Yves Chauvin, Irwin Rose, Tariq Aziz, Colleen McCullough, Frei Otto, and Charles H. Townes. After him are Wes Craven, Benedict Anderson, Zito, Ben E. King, Yoichiro Nambu, and Alcides Ghiggia.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Val Logsdon Fitch ranks 728 out of 12,171Before him are John Huston (1906), Michio Kaku (1947), John L. Hall (1934), Roy J. Glauber (1925), Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867), and Monica Lewinsky (1973). After him are Tippi Hedren (1930), Wes Craven (1939), Muddy Waters (1913), Vincent du Vigneaud (1901), Robert E. Howard (1906), and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (null).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Val Logsdon Fitch ranks 38Before him are Edward Mills Purcell (1912), Arthur Ashkin (1922), Charles H. Townes (1915), Michio Kaku (1947), John L. Hall (1934), and Roy J. Glauber (1925). After him are Robert Hofstadter (1915), Leon M. Lederman (1922), James Rainwater (1917), Arthur Leonard Schawlow (1921), Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921), and Frederick Reines (1918).