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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

Richard Taylor, or Dick as we called him in Group A at SLAC, was the best scientific teacher I had in my life. During the time of deep inelastic electron-proton scattering the members of his group came to his office first in the morning and talked about their plans for the present working day. He gave encouragement, made adjustments. After 15 minutes the meeting was over and everybody went to work. His method created a good spirit, caused extraordinary efficiency and fast progress in measurements and data analysis leading to the publications which were finally rewarded with the prize.

He stayed a lifelong friend and visited his former group members, Helmut Piel and myself, who had returned to Germany and worked on establishing a physics department at a new university, always keeping in mind what we had learned at SLAC. He gave great colloquium talks here in front of a full house.

The photo shows him at our home at a party following his colloquium talk in 1995. This is Dick how I knew him, relaxed, ready for a joke and watching happily his scientific followers.

Juergen Drees, University of Wuppertal

Dick Taylor 1995
(Credit: Juergen Drees)