James H. Smith

  • Died: (Clark-Lindsey Village, Urbana, USA)

Dr. Smith taught at the University of Illinois from 1951 until his retirement in 1991, serving as the Physics Department's associate head from 1972 to 1980. His career helped to further a remarkable era in high-energy particle physics, beginning with his Harvard doctoral thesis under Nobelists Edward Purcell and Norman Ramsey in the first search for the neutron electric dipole moment. His research with colleagues and students at the Illinois 300 MEV betatron during the 1960s and 1970s supplied the basis for the quasi-deuteron model of photodisintegration. His experiments on K-meson decays at the Brookhaven and Argonne national laboratories were among the first investigations of violations of fundamental symmetry principles.

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