Goldwasser, 97, was among world’s top physicists
champaign, ill. » Dr. Edwin Goldwasser, a cofounder of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and one of the world’s most prominent physicists who spent decades at the University of Illinois, has died at the age of 97.
The physics department at the Urbana-Champaign campus announced that Goldwasser, whose research helped explain nuclear force, died Wednesday.
Goldwasser started at the university in 1951, realizing eventually that Midwestern universities could graduate more physicists if there was a high-flight research facility in the region. Goldwasser was prominent enough to persuade President Lyndon Johnson to do just that and locate it in Illinois.
In 1967, he took a leave of absence to serve as deputy director for what became known as Fermilab in Batavia, Ill., which does particle physics research and has contributed to major discoveries in medicine, energy and the origins of the universe. Goldwasser returned to the university in 1978 as vice chancellor for research.