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Chamberlain, Owen

Chamberlain, Owen, 1920–2006, American physicist, b. San Francisco, Calif., Ph.D. Univ. of Chicago, 1948. He was on the faculty at the Univ. of California, Berkeley, from 1949 until his retirement in 1989, when he was named professor emeritus. Chamberlain received the 1959 Nobel Prize in Physics with Emilio Segrè for producing and identifying the antiproton, a subatomic particle identical to the proton but with a negative electrical charge. Their 1955 finding set the stage for the discovery of many additional antiparticles, and antiprotons have since become an integral part of high-energy physics experiments.
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Chamberlain, Owen


Born July 10, 1920, in San Francisco. American physicist. Member of the National Academy of Sciences (1960).

Chamberlain graduated from Dartmouth College in 1941 and received a doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1949. From 1942 to 1946, he worked at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory on the development of the atomic bomb. He joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley in 1948, becoming a professor at the university in 1958.

Chamberlain’s main works deal with nuclear physics and particle physics. In 1955, Chamberlain discovered the antiproton, for which he shared a Nobel Prize with E. Segré in 1959.

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Chamberlain, Owen

(1920–  ) physicist; born in San Francisco. He worked on the Manhattan Project (1942–46) and at the Argonne National Laboratory (1946–48) before joining the faculty of the University of California: Berkeley (1948). He was awarded the 1959 Nobel Prize in physics, jointly with his colleague Emilio Segrè, for research on the antiproton.
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