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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

Richard E. Taylor 1929-2018

SLAC Professor (Emeritus), Nobel Laureate in Physics

Richard E. Taylor, 1990 (0233-11)

Professional and Biographical Information

A biographical essay was published in the 2003 SLAC Employee Service Awards Program, in celebration of Professor Taylor's 40th anniversary at SLAC.

Biographical profile of Dick Taylor :
Dick Taylor's long association at SLAC and Stanford began in the mid 50's with his thesis under Bob Mozley at HEPL. From HEPL he went to the linear accelerator lab at Orsay, France. He spent a year at LBL before coming to the fledgling SLAC housed in the M-1 building at Stanford. Dick was involved in the design of the Beam Switchyard, then design and construction of the End Stations as a member of Group A, headed by Pief. As Pief took on additional responsibilities Dick became group leader, heading the effort to design the End Station A spectrometers and the counting house - the whole electron scattering facility. Early experiments involved elastic electron scattering in collaboration with MIT and Caltech. The comparison of electron and positron scattering was followed by the famous deep inelastic scattering experiments that showed quarks inside nucleons. These experiments culminated in Charlie Prescott's polarized electron scattering experiment demonstrating parity violation. (H. DeStaebler, SLAC Beamline, June 1986)

Events and Photos

  • Richard Taylor Nobel Prize SLAC Celebration.
  • Some talks about the recent Nobel Prize Award: Panofsky, Neal, Garwin, Boyarski, Cottrell, Coward, DeStaebler, Breidenbach, Bloom, Bjorken and Taylor / Drell as MC.
  • For a list of description of photos of Professor Taylor (some with thumbnails) in the SLAC Archives and History Office collections, please go to the SALLIE (Stanford ALL Image Exchange) and search the SLAC catalog (works best in Firefox or Chrome browsers)


  • For a list of Professor Taylor's Publications, please see the entries in inSPIRE HEP.
  • For a list of SLAC newsletter articles about Taylor (some with links to full text), please go to our Popular Periodicals Index.


Archival Materials

Richard Taylor papers held by the SLAC Archives, History & Records Office are currently being processed, and are not yet open for research. SLAC staff may access descriptions of his papers by clicking this link and entering his last name, first initial in the search box at the upper right on that page.

Richard Taylor in End Station A with Hobey DeStaebler and W.K.H. "Pief" 
Panofsky, by Henry Kendall 1967 (arc758) End Station A, 1977 (M2909) Richard Taylor in End Station A, 1967 (photo by Henry Kendall, retouched by Richard Muffley)(m2294r)

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