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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 met Dick Taylor, 29 years old at that time, when he arrived at LAL in 1958. I was 25 years old and preparing with Didier Isabelle the necessary apparatus for our respective PhD experiments with the initial LAL beam (only 160Mev, produced by the first 25m of LAL!).

The first beam came on only in July 1959 and the first workable beam in September.

You can imagine Dick's frustration, and also ours: any delay was met by a resounding "WHAT" from Dick, which RITA would try to soothe. Dick was a kind but tough supervisor doing night shifts with us and, for instance at one time, he told me that I was not working hard enough because I was not yet mean enough!

I was very happy when Dick received his well-deserved Nobel prize and when he visited LAL on his way to Stockholm I could not resist teasing him: " How come you have a Nobel and you don't even have the necessary fingers to count up to ten?"

I would like to thank specially Rita for all the moral support she gave to all of us, the students, by her continued presence during these tough months.

Francois Lacoste