The Associated Press reports:
Leon Lederman, an experimental physicist who won a Nobel Prize in physics for his work on subatomic particles and coined the phrase “God particle,” died Wednesday at 96.
Lederman directed the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago from 1978 to 1989. He’s described as a giant in his field who also had a passion for sharing science, resulting in his book, “The God Particle.”
The title refers to a subatomic particle called the Higgs boson, long theorized until a powerful European particle collider confirmed its existence. His Nobel Prize sold for $765,000 in an auction in 2015 to help pay for medical bills.
Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman has passed away, aged 96.
Lederman was awarded the #NobelPrize in Physics in 1988 after managing to create a beam of neutrinos using a high-energy accelerator and proving the existence of a new type of neutrino, the muon neutrino. pic.twitter.com/yiCw53Cy30
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 4, 2018
We’re deeply saddened to share that Leon Lederman, Nobel laureate, former Fermilab director, and passionate advocate of science education, died today at age 96. https://t.co/UH0yoHCHbJ pic.twitter.com/Nzbi76CZfI
— Fermilab (@Fermilab) October 3, 2018
Leon Lederman, an experimental physicist who studied subatomic particles, has died at 96 after selling his Nobel Prize for $765,000 at an auction to help pay medical bills. https://t.co/WOZfqlPgjh
— AP West Region (@APWestRegion) October 3, 2018
Sold his Nobel Prize to pay medical bills? Leon Lederman must be American.
— Sam Spiegel (@UNSEATpac) October 4, 2018
— Angry and Conflicted Democrat (@StephenThorson) October 4, 2018