Died Nobel laureate who invented the "piece of God"

Olive Hawkins
October 6, 2018

Dr. Lederman had played an important role in discovering two subatomic particles, a neutrino and a quark which greatly increased scientists' knowledge of the composition of matter. The University of Chicago professor began to suffer from memory loss in 2011, and died in an Idaho nursing home.

The Nobel Prize he won sold for 765,000 dollars in 2015.

In the American city of Rexburg (Idaho) at the age of 96 years died, Nobel prize victor Leon Lederman, who is the author of the term "God particle", reports the Chronicle.info with reference to UNIAN.

Lederman, a NY native born to Russian Jewish immigrants, served in the U.S. Army for three years during World War II. His health deteriorated over the course of the next seven years and he was forced to auction off his Nobel medal for $765,000 to help cover the medical expenses incurred during his treatment for dementia.

"What he really loved was people, trying to educate them and help them understand what they were doing in science", his wife told AP. Awarded the National science medal of the United States.

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Lederman was born July 15, 1922, in New York City, where his father operated a hand laundry.

Leon Lederman was born in 1922 in NY the son of Jewish migrants from the USSR. This and Lederman's later work were critical to the eventual confirmation of the Higgs boson, the elementary particle that exerts the Higgs field which gives particles mass, in 2012.

"Leon Lederman provided the scientific vision that allowed Fermilab to remain on the cutting edge of technology for more than 40 years", Nigel Lockyer, the laboratory's current director, said in a statement.

Lederman died at a nursing home in Idaho on Wednesday. "He was a good rider".

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