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James Cronin
September 29, 1931 -
Nationality: American
Category: Physicist
Subcategory: American Physicist

I was much involved in the development of the spark chamber as a practical research tool.


When the violation of parity was discovered I began a series of electronic experiments to investigate parity violation in hyperon decays.


Our whole family assembles in Chicago at Christmas and usually in Aspen in the summer.


The long-lived K meson was discovered at Brookhaven.


During this period, with a series of excellent students, we further studied hyperon decays.


My primary and secondary education was provided by the Highland Park Public School System.


In 1971 I returned to the University of Chicago as Professor of Physics.


On even the worst days, when nothing was working at the lab, I knew that at home I would find warmth, peace, companionship, and encouragement. As a consequence, the next day would surely be better.


I did a thesis in experimental nuclear physics under the direction of Samuel K. Allison.


My mother, Dorothy Watson, had met my father in a Greek class at Northwestern University.


The Director of the Laboratory, George Reynolds, was most supportive of my efforts to work independently. There followed for ten years a glorious time for research.


While at Chicago my interest in the new field of particle physics was stimulated by a course given by Gell- Mann, who was developing his ideas about Strangeness at the time.


My real education began when I entered the University of Chicago in September 1951 as a graduate student.


One of the greatest joys in my life was giving a lecture in French at the College de France.


In addition to the research, I enjoyed learning French and assimilating the culture of another country.


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