Nebraska Authors

Val L. Fitch

AKA: Val Logsdon Fitch

Born 1923-03-10 Merriman, NE (USA)

Died 2015-02-05
Princeton, NJ (USA)

Winner of Nobel Prize in Physics in 1980 for work which led to the Big Bang Theory.

Places Lived

Merriman, NE
Gordon, NE
Chadron, NE
Evanston, IL
Pittsburgh, PA
Los Alamos, NM
Montreal, CANADA
New York, NY
Princeton, NJ

Author Of

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High School Diploma, 1940, Gibbon High School, Gibbon, NE
Undergraduate Studies, 1940-1942, Chadron State College, Chadron, NE
Undergraduate Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, PA
Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, 1948, McGill University, Montreal, CANADA
Ph.D. in Physics, 1954, Columbia University, New York, NY



Places Worked

Manhattan Project, Los Alamos Laboratory, NM
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ


Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award in 1968
John Price Wetherill Medal in 1976
1980 Nobel Prize for Physics
Chair of the Physics Department at Princeton University from 1976 to 1981
McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Physics in 1987 until retirement in 2005
National Medal of Science in 1993


Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
National Academy of Sciences, 1966
President's Science Advisory Committee from 1970 to 1973
Founding Member of the World Cultural Council, 1981
President of the American Physical Society from 1988 to 1989
American Physical Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Published many scholarly articles

"Studies of X-Rays from Mu-Mesonic Atoms" in Physical Review, November 1953
"CP Violation, Neutral Currents, and Weak Equivalence" in Atomic Energy Commission Publication, March 23, 1972

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