Karl Leslie Brown, 1925-2002
Professor Emeritus of Applied Research
Professional and Biographical Information
During its sessions ... at Brookhaven, the U.S. Particle Accelerator School awarded Karl Brown of the Research Division
its 1989 Prize for Achievement in Accelerator Physics and Technology. Consisting of a check and a plaque, the prize was presented
to him at a banquet on August 3. He was honored by his colleagues in the accelerator physics community for his "insights into particle
beam transport and for introducing formalisms in use throughout the world." Brown's deep involvement with accelerator physics, which
began at Stanford in the late 1940s, ... closely paralleled the development of linear accelerators and colliders ever since.
In 1949, he wrote a master's thesis on klystron design, with Marvin Chodorow as his advisor; four years later he finished his Ph.D.
on electron scattering under Pief Panofsky. After that he worked at HEPL as a Research Associate, becoming one of the principal
figures involved in the design of a two-mile accelerator then known as "Project M," and joined SLAC at its inception. He was made
Adjunct Professor in 1974 and named Professor (Applied Research) in 1982. Karl was the first to apply matrix methods to solve
problems in the transport of charged particle beams through a system of magnets. A computer program based on these methods,
TRANSPORT, has been used worldwide in the design and analysis of particle beams and magnetic spectrometers. This program and the
methods behind it have become basic tools of the trade for both accelerator and high energy physics; it is difficult to imagine how
these disciplines could have evolved to their present status without them. (SLAC Beam Line,
September 1989, page 19)
Karl Brown, pioneer of linear accelerators, dies at 76 by Dawn Levy, Stanford Report, September 11,
Karl L. Brown -- physics pioneer, by David Perlman, Chronicle Science Editor, September 12, 2002.
Karl Leslie Brown, Wolfgang Panofsky. Physics Today 56, 3,99 (2003)
Memorial Resolution: Karl Brown (1925-2002) Stanford Report, February 26, 2003.
- Karl L. Brown
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