BERKELEY – Nobel Laureate and University
of California, Berkeley, professor emeritus of physics Owen Chamberlain
died yesterday (Feb. 28) at the age of 85 in his Berkeley home.
Long plagued by Parkinson's Disease, Chamberlain died quietly in bed from complications of the disease.
and fellow UC Berkeley physicist Emilio Segrè, both researchers at the
Radiation Lab now known as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, won
the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1959 for their discovery of the
anti-proton, the antimatter equivalent of the proton.
Berkeley Nobelist Ernest Lawrence compared the discovery of the
anti-proton to the discovery of the electron, launching whole new
"One cannot help but wonder whether the discovery of
the anti-proton … likewise is a milestone on the road to a whole new
realm of discoveries in high energy physics that are coming in the days
and years ahead," he said.
Chamberlain is survived by his wife, Senta Pugh-Chamberlain
(née Gaiser) of Berkeley, and four children by his first wife, Beatrice
Babette Copper, who died in 1988 – daughters Karen Chamberlain of
Tampa, Fla.; Lynne Guenther of Ithaca, N.Y.; Pia Chamberlain of San
Jose, Calif.; and son Darol of Ithaca, N.Y. He also is survived by
step-daughters Mary Pugh of Toronto, Canada, and Anne Pugh of Oakland,
Calif. A second wife, June Steingart Greenfield, died in 1991.
A more complete obituary will be available on the Web later
Nobel Prize biography of Owen Chamberlain