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    Famous Elementary Particle Physics Scientists and Thinkers
    400BC: Democritus & Leucippus, Greek: proposed that all matter is made of indivisible particles called atoms and that between atoms lies empty space.

    1675: Isaac Newton, English: proposed a particle theory of light (based on Pierre Gassendi's views).

    1803: John Dalton, English: proposed that each chemical element is composed of atoms of a unique type and they can combine to form chemical compounds and that atoms of different elements have different atomic weights.

    1895: Wilhelm Röntgen, German: produced and detected X-rays or Röntgen rays (photons), an achievement that earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901.

    1897: J.J. Thomson, British: discovery of the electron; Nobel laureate.

    1899: Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand-British: discovered Alpha particle in uranium radiation; Nobel laureate.

    1899: Max Planck, German: Planck constant; Nobel laureate.

    1905: Albert Einstein, German-American: proposed a quantum of light (the photon) which behaves like a particle (the photoelectric effect); Nobel laureate.

    1909: Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand-British: the gold foil experiment - suggesting that atoms have a small, dense, positively charged nucleus; Nobel laureate.

    1917: Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand-British: finds the first evidence for a proton; Nobel laureate.

    1932: James Chadwick, English: discovery of the neutron; Nobel laureate.

    1932: Carl D. Anderson, American: discovered the antielectron (or positron); Nobel laureate.

    1939: Lise Meitner (Austrian-Swedish) and Otto Hahn (German; Nobel laureate): discovered nuclear fission.

    1964: Murray Gell-Mann (American; Nobel laureate) and George Zweig (Russian- American; Nobel laureate): proposed the quark model.

    1960s: Sheldon Glashow (American) & Steven Weinberg (American) & Abdus Salam (Pakistani): the standard model - unification of the weak force and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles; Nobel laureates.

    1973: Makoto Kobayashi (Japanese; Nobel laureate) and Toshihide Maskawa (Japanese; Nobel laureate): theorized the bottom quark and top quark.

    1974-1977: Martin Lewis Perl, American: detected the tau lepton in a series of experiments; Nobel laureate.


    Elementary Particle Physics for Kids and Beginners
    The Standard Model - CERN
    Understanding Particle Physics for Kids! - FunTrivia.com
    Elementary Particles: Basic Constituents of Matter
    Particle physics
    Antimatter:Mirror of the Universe - CERN
    The Particle Adventure
    Big Bang Science
    Physics for Kids - Elementary Particles - Quarks, Bosons, Leptons
    The Elegant Universe - PBS
    All about CERN in 7 Questions - CERN

    Glossaries and Dictionaries
    Particle Physics Glossary
    Elementary Particle Physics Glossary

    General Elementary Particles Resources
    Inquiring Minds - Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
    Elementary particle - Wikipedia
    Standard Model
    String theory
    Elementary Particles made thinkable (interactive visualisation)
    Elementary Particles
    Captive elementary particles
    Elementary Particles and the World of Planck Scale
    Particle Physics Fundamentals: Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics

    Timelines
    Timeline of particle discoveries
    Particle Physics Timeline
    A Timeline of Particle Discoveries

    Humor & Trivia
    Particle Physics Quiz
    Quiz - A Brief History of Particle Physics

    Science Fair Projects
    Nuclear Physics

    Physics Experiments
    Robert Millikan: The Oil-Drop Experiment

    Related Subjects
    Energy Sciences Gateways
    Time
    Atomic Bomb
    Physicists Biographies



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