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Hours: By appointment Monday-Friday during regular work hours.

Contact:

  • Archives E-mail: slacarc[@]slac.stanford.edu
  • RM E-mail: recordsmgt[@]slac.stanford.edu
  • Phone: (650)926-3091
  • Post: SLAC Archives and History Office, M/S 82, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

Office Location: Bldg.50, Rm.122

Highlights and Milestones

Highlights

Nobel Prizes  |  50th Anniversary-2012  |  40th Anniversary-2002  |    Exploring SLAC Science  | SSRL Research | Kavli Institute Established in 2003 |  Brief History For New Staff|

Milestones

  • 1962: Contract execution and start of accelerator construction
  • 1966: Construction completed and research begins
  • 1967: 20-GeV electron beam achieved
  • 1968: First evidence discovered for quarks
  • 1972: SPEAR operations begin
  • 1973: Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Project (SSRP) started
  • 1974: Discovery of psi particle
  • 1976: Discovery of charm quark and tau lepton
  • 1976: Nobel Prize shared by SLAC's Burton Richter for the J/psi discovery
  • 1977: SSRP becomes Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL)
  • 1980: PEP operations begin
  • 1982: Wolf Prize awarded to SLAC's Martin Perl for discovery of the tau lepton
  • 1984: SLAC named a National Historic Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 1989: SLC operations begin, 50 GeV electron and positron beams achieved
  • 1990: Nobel Prize shared by SLAC's Richard Taylor for first evidence that nucleons consist of quarks
  • 1990: SPEAR becomes a dedicated synchrotron radiation facility with its own independent injector.
  • 1991: SLAC installs first World Wide Web server in the United States
  • 1992: SSRL becomes a Division of SLAC
  • 1993: Final Focus Test Beam facility constructed
  • 1994: Initiation of the PEP-II project to build the Asymmetric B Factory
  • 1995: Nobel Prize in Physics shared by Martin Perl for the discovery of the tau lepton.
  • 1996: NLCTA project initiated
  • 1997: First beam injected into B Factory
  • 1998: First B Factory particle collision occurs
  • 1999: First Events recorded by B Factory's BaBar detector
  • 2000: Joint NASA-Stanford GLAST project initiated, Helen Quinn shares Dirac Medal
  • 2002: SLAC celebrates 40th anniversary, LCLS project approved
  • 2003: Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology established
  • 2004: SPEAR3 comes online
  • 2005: Sidney Drell receives Heinz Award for Public Policy
  • 2006 and after: See online SLAC Press Release Archive

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