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Title: Physics Nobelist Owen Chamberlain, Co-discoverer Of The Anti-proton, Has Died At 85
Date: 03/01/2006
Publication: UC Berkeley Press Release
Editor: Robert Sanders, Media Relations
Extended Text:

– 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.

Chamberlain 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.

Fellow UC Berkeley Nobelist Ernest Lawrence compared the discovery of the anti-proton to the discovery of the electron, launching whole new fields.

"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 today.


Nobel Prize biography of Owen Chamberlain