|Steven Weinberg Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||May 3, 1933|
|Date of Death||July 23, 2021|
Steven Weinberg was an American theoretical physicist who won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1979 for his contributions, alongside Abdus Salam and Sheldon Glashow, to the unification of the weak force and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles. Theoretical Physicist Peter Woit has described Weinberg as “arguably the dominant figure in theoretical particle physics during its period of great success from the late sixties to the early eighties”.
He was born on May 3, 1933.
On July 23, 2021, Steven Weinberg died at the age of 88 in Austin, Texas, United States. He had been undergoing treatment for several weeks.
Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas, United States
New York City, New York, United States
Steven Weinberg studied at the Bronx High School of Science (commonly called Bronx Science), a public specialized high school located in The Bronx in New York City. After graduating from Bronx Science in 1950, he enrolled at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1954.
He then attended the Niels Bohr Institute, a research institute of the University of Copenhagen. There, he started his graduate studies and research before shifting to Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey after a year. At Princeton, he completed his Ph.D. in physics in 1957 and completed his dissertation, “The role of strong interactions in decay processes”, under the supervision of Sam Treiman.
- Father – Frederick (Worked as a court stenographer)
- Mother – Eva (Israel) (Housewife)
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
77 kg or 169.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Steven Weinberg dated –
- Louise Goldwasser (1954-2021) – He got married to legal scholar Louise Goldwasser in the year 1954 and the duo was blessed with a daughter named Elizabeth. Louise is known for her writings on legal theory, due process, and choice of law as well as for her groundbreaking 1994 book, a 1200-page study on judicial federalism and judicial power.
Race / Ethnicity
He once stated, “The steady-state theory is philosophically the most attractive theory because it least resembles the account given in Genesis.”
Steven Weinberg Facts
- He was born to a Jewish immigrant couple.
- He was 16 years old when one of his cousins handed him down a chemistry set which eventually got him interested in science.
- During his time at the Bronx High School of Science, Weinberg was in the same graduating class as the future Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist Sheldon Glashow, whose research, independent of Weinberg’s, resulted in their (and Abdus Salam’s) sharing the 1979 Nobel in physics.
- White at Cornell University, he was a resident at the Telluride House (formally the Cornell Branch of the Telluride Association (CBTA)).
- Steven Weinberg was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the American Philosophical Society in 2004, with a citation that said he was “considered by many to be the preeminent theoretical physicist alive in the world today.”
- He identified as a liberal.
- Weinberg was a supporter of Israel and described it as “the ‘most exposed salient’ in a war between liberal democracies and Muslim theocracies.” His 1997 essay “Zionism and Its Adversaries” discusses the issue.
- Due to the British boycotts of Israel, he canceled his trips to universities in the United Kingdom in the 2000s. Explaining the decision, he said, “Given the history of the attacks on Israel and the oppressiveness and aggressiveness of other countries in the Middle East and elsewhere, boycotting Israel indicated a moral blindness for which it is hard to find any explanation other than antisemitism.”
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