May 25, 1921 - Birth of Jack Steinberger, discoverer of the muon neutrino

The German physicist Hans Jakob Steinberger developed his career in the United States, Switzerland and Italy after fleeing Germany at the age of 13 due to the rise of anti-Semitism and the awakening of Nazism.

Steinberger was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1988, together with professors Leo Lederman and Mel Schwarz, for the discovery of a second type of neutrino, the so-called muon, which allowed demonstrating the double structure of leptons.

Specialized in subatomic physics, he was involved in several works on neutrons, high energy physics and strange particles. His projects include Dos neutrinos (1962), High Energy Neutrino Physics and Preparation of Lep Detector (1981).

Among many of his contributions to the world of physics, his contribution to the consolidation of the experimental group of the Institute of High Energy Physics (IFAE) or the promotion of the construction of the ALBA synchrotron particle accelerator stand out.

Steinberger received other notable awards in recognition of his scientific contributions, such as the National Medal of Science of the United States or the Matteucci Medal of Italy. He died in Switzerland on December 12, 2020.

If you want to know more about this German physicist, click on the following link: Jack Steinberger

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