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Paul Pigott Professor in the Physical Sciences, Emeritus; Director Emeritus, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center; FSI Senior Fellow by courtesy; Woods Institute Senior Fellow by courtesy

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Research Interests
Experimental particle physics with high-energy electrons and electron-positron colliding beams, Energy and environment, Energy efficiency, Nuclear energy

Burton Richter is the Paul Pigott Professor in the Physical Sciences, Stanford University and Director Emeritus at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. His research has centered on experimental particle physics with high-energy electrons and electron-positron colliding beams. He began as a post doc at Stanford University in 1956, became a professor in 1967, and was Director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center from 1984 through 1999.

Richter received the Nobel Prize in Physics (1976) and the E. O. Lawrence Medal of the Department of Energy (1976). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society; a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of The American Physical Society (President, 1994). He was President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (1999-2002).

He has served on many advisory committees to governments, laboratories and universities. He recently served on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, Laboratory Operations Board, Nuclear Energy Task Force (2000-2006) and chaired the National Research Council's Board on Physics and Astronomy. Currently, he chairs the Transmutation Subcommittee of the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee and serves on the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Advisory Board. He is a member of the French Commissaire a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) Visiting Group and the Jason Group.

He is interested in industry and its use of science and technology and has been a member of the General Motors Science Advisory Committee, chairman of the technology advisory board of an artificial intelligence company, a member of the Board of Directors of Varian Associates and Varian Medical Systems, and AREVA Enterprises, Inc. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Litel Instruments.

He received his BS and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1952 and 1956, respectively.

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Stanford Nobel Laureate wins top US science honor
Former director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) Burton Richter was awarded the Presidential Enrico Fermi Award on Thursday. The award is one of the oldest and most prestigious science and technology distinctions granted by the U.S. Government.
January 13, 2012 in The Stanford Daily

Stanford's Burton Richter wins top science award
Burton W. Richter, a Stanford Nobel Prize-winning physicist, and Mildred Dresselhaus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have won the Presidential Enrico Fermi Award, the White House announced Wednesday.
January 12, 2012 in San Francisco Chronicle

Stanford physicist Burton Richter's moderate approach to climate change gaining supporters
Stanford physicist's prescriptions include more natural gas and nuclear power, doubts about renewable energy goals, and a new way to gain political support. (Interview)
December 28, 2011 in Stanford Report

New U.S. nuclear reactors unlikely soon: physicist
Stanford physicist and Nobel laureate Burton Richter told a Stanford audience that he expects the worldwide impact of the Fukushima disaster to be small. ( -- Japanese officials increased the nuclear crisis level at the Fukushima plant on ...
April 15, 2011 in

New US nuclear reactors unlikely soon, say Stanford physicist
Stanford Nobel laureate Burton Richter and New York Times journalist Matthew Wald were on campus to talk about how radiation leaks at Japan's Fukushima plant could impact the future of nuclear energy in the United States and abroad.
April 14, 2011 in Stanford Report

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