While a lab Director can get done the things that he regards as important, he has the more important job of bringing out the best ideas of the broader scientific community.
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Since stepping down as laboratory director in 1999, I have devoted an increasing fraction of my time to international issues. I am involved with energy, environment, and sustainability issues, particularly as they involve new energy sources free of greenhouse gases.
|Birth:||22nd March, 1931|
Burton Richter was born in Brooklyn, New York City. He is a Nobel Prize-winning American physicist. He led the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center team which co-discovered the J/ψ meson in 1974, alongside the Brookhaven National Laboratory team led by Samuel Ting. This discovery was part of the so-called November Revolution of particle physics. He was the SLAC director from 1984 to 1999. He attended Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, then continued on to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1952 and his PhD in 1956. As a professor at Stanford University, Richter built a particle accelerator called SPEAR with the help of David Ritson and the support of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.
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