Fermi Lab's Quigg to Deliver Rustgi Lecture

By Sue Wuetcher

Release Date: September 20, 2002 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Chris Quigg, a theoretical physicist from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, will speak on "The Coming Revolutions in Particle Physics" during the 10th annual Moti Lal Rustgi Memorial Lecture to be held at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in 20 Knox Hall on the University at Buffalo North (Amherst) Campus.

The Rustgi lecture, presented by the Department of Physics in the UB College of Arts and Sciences, will be free of charge and open to the public.

Wonderful opportunities await particle physics during the next decade, with new instruments and experiments poised to explore the frontiers of high energy, infinitesimal distances and exquisite rarity. Theories of the fundamental particles and the interactions among them are in a very provocative state. They afford a simple and coherent understanding of an unprecedented range of phenomena, but new understanding raises ambitious new questions that cannot yet be answered. In search of answers, there have been a number of far-reaching speculations made about the theory that lies beyond what can be established now through experiment. While drawing more fully the consequences of today's theory, future discoveries may lead to revolutionary changes in the perception of the physical world.

Internationally known for his studies of heavy quarks and his insights into particle interactions at ultrahigh energies, Quigg is the author of a celebrated textbook on particle physics, past chair of the Division of Particle and Fields of the American Physical Society and editor of the Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science

He was a faculty member at the University of Chicago from 1974-91, and has been a visiting professor at École Normale Supérieure in Paris, at Cornell University and at Princeton University. He also has served as Erwin Schrödinger Professor at the University of Vienna and scholar-in-residence at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center.

A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Physical Society, Quigg holds degrees from Yale University and the University of California-Berkeley.