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Burton Richter
 
Date of birth: 22 March 1931
Date of death: Alive (or unknown)
Country Of Origin: America
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Physicist

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    Burton Richter (born March 22 1931) is a Nobel Prize-winning United States physicist. A native of New York City, he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1952 and his Doctor of Philosophy in 1956. He was director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) from 1984 to 1999. As a professor at Stanford University, Richter built a particle accelerator called SPEAR (Stanford Positron-Electron Asymmetric Ring) wit .... (More...)
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" Construction of SLAC Linear Collider began in 1983, and was finished in late 1987. The first physics experiments began in 1990 after a difficult start up. This was a new kind of accelerator complex, and, though we had anticipated some of the new problems we would face, we had not anticipated all. "

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" Even before the ring at HEPL was operating, I had begun to think about a high-energy electron-positron colliding-beam machine and what one could do with it. "

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" Getting enough energy to satisfy the needs of the developing world without bringing on an eco-disaster is not going to be easy. It will require a marriage of science and technology with good international policy, something that is always hard to bring off. We need to get it right this time. "

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" I completed my senior thesis on the quadratic Zeeman effect in hydrogen. "

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" I was born on 22 March 1931 in New York, the elder child of Abraham and Fanny Richter. "

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" In 1948 I entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, undecided between studies of chemistry and physics, but my first year convinced me that physics was more interesting to me. "

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" Modern science is fast-moving, and no laboratory can exist for long with a program based on old facilities. Innovation and renewal are required to keep a laboratory on the frontiers of science. "

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" Since stepping down as laboratory director in 1999, I have devoted an increasing fraction of my time to international issues. I am involved with energy, environment, and sustainability issues, particularly as they involve new energy sources free of greenhouse gases. "

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" Starving the future to feed the present is a mistake - it leads to obsolescence and stagnation. Sometimes it is hard to make this understood. "

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" While a lab Director can get done the things that he regards as important, he has the more important job of bringing out the best ideas of the broader scientific community. "

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