Richard E. Taylor 1929-2018
SLAC Professor (Emeritus), Nobel Laureate in Physics
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
Richard Taylor papers held by the SLAC Archives, History & Records Office
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.
Note: Some links on this page open pdf
files, which require the free Acrobat
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