Carlo Rubbia

Rubbia, Carlo, 1934–, Italian physicist, Ph.D. Univ. of Pisa, 1957. A professor of physics at the Univ. of Rome and later at Harvard, Rubbia did his most important work with Simon van der Meer at CERN. The pair discovered the W and Z particles, which convey the weak force, one of nature's four fundamental forces (see weak interactions). For their discovery, the pair was awarded the 1984 Nobel Prize in Physics. Rubbia also led a research team that produced theoretical evidence for a sixth quark, called "top" (see elementary particles).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on Carlo Rubbia from Fact Monster:

  • Simon van der Meer - van der Meer, Simon van der Meer, Simon, 1925–, Dutch physical engineer. He spent his career ...
  • Steven Weinberg - Weinberg, Steven Weinberg, Steven, 1933–, American nuclear physicist, b. New York City, Ph.D. ...
  • Information Please: 1984 - 1984 Previous Year | Next Year World | U.S. | Economics | Sports | Entertainment | Science | Deaths ...
  • Nobel Prizes (table) - Nobel Prizes Year Peace Chemistry Physics Physiology or Medicine Literature 1901 J. H. Dunant ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Physics: Biographies