People: UC-Irvine Physics Professor Receives Case Western's Michelson-Morley Award

Despite holding the title of distinguished professor emeritus at the University of California, Irvine, physicist Frederick Reines is by no means retired. At 72, he still teaches freshman physics at Irvine, and he also continues his research. "I'm currently doing work on the stability of the proton," he says. Reines has recently been named the recipient of Case Western Reserve University's 1990 Michelson-Morley Award, which features three Nobel laureates among its previous winners (Subrahmanyan

Colby Stong
Apr 29, 1990

Despite holding the title of distinguished professor emeritus at the University of California, Irvine, physicist Frederick Reines is by no means retired. At 72, he still teaches freshman physics at Irvine, and he also continues his research. "I'm currently doing work on the stability of the proton," he says.

Reines has recently been named the recipient of Case Western Reserve University's 1990 Michelson-Morley Award, which features three Nobel laureates among its previous winners (Subrahmanyan Chandra-sekhar, Sir Francis Crick, and Charles Townes).

The award, first given in 1963, is named after Albert Michelson, first professor of physics at Case Institute and 1907 Nobel laureate, and Edward Morley, former professor of chemistry at Western Reserve College, who conducted experiments that determined that the motion of the earth had no effect on the velocity of light. Their discovery paved the way for a theoretical revolution in physics and Albert Einstein's theory of relativity....

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