Gold­wasser, 97, was among world’s top physi­cists

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST -

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.

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