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Archives, History & Records Office

Archives, History & Records Office | SLAC Research Library |

Last Updated: 08/26/2020

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


Archives E-mail: slacarc[@]
RM E-mail: recordsmgt[@]
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

Dick Taylor Story

I have always had great admiration for Dick Taylor as a scientist with landmark contributions to Particle Physics, particularly Deep-Inelastic e-p Scattering and past leadership in the design and construction of a unique and powerful spectrometer, so well conceived for its purpose. In speaking of this experiment, in private or in public, Dick was consistently generous and unstinting in his praise for the contributions of his colleagues at SLAC and at collaborating universities.

I had the pleasure to meet Dick in 1967 during his visit to BNL when, if I recall correctly, he was greatly interested in the details of every experiment, without ever mention his achievements at SLAC.

In later years we became distant friends, participating in several meetings at TRIUMF and NSERC reviews. In private meetings, to which I was sometimes a party, we were always impressed by his perceptive assessments of proposals and their proponents, often expressed in forceful language and manner. Dick was a much-honoured visitor to DESY during the years of the HERA experiments. During all these years when I came to know him quite well, he never once mentioned the difficulties he had faced, and overcame, as a student.

Dick Taylor will be remembered as one of the outstanding scientists of his generation, and a person of great integrity, supporting science and scientists in Canada and beyond,

Douglas Stairs, McGill University