Leon Max Lederman, who coined the popular name, has died at the age of 96. He had also received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1988.
Just a few days after the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded, that branch of science is in mourning. The reason? The death of the considered father of the "god particle", Leon Max Lederman.
Su fallecimiento lo anunció este 3 de octubre el Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois, in the United States, where Lederman was director from 1978 to 1989.
Lederman, who was born in New York, United States, on July 15, 1922, was 96 years old. For his research on those elusive particles called neutrinos, he had received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1988.
After being awarded the Nobel, Lederman wrote a book that catapulted him to fame. “The God particle: if the universe is the answer, what is the question?”, appeared in 1993 and although he did not agree with the title (he had called it the “damn particle”), he was the one who gave the name to the discovery that scientists from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) would make years later.
In 2012, physicists from that entity announced that they had finally trapped the Higgs boson, a unique particle that gave clues about the appearance of matter after the Big Bang and that would be one of the keys that would allow finding a way to establish a theory capable of explaining nuclear, gravitational and electromagnetic phenomena.
Lederman had also been president of the American Physical Society and throughout his life received several awards. One of them, the National Medal of Science.