Fifty Years of Quasars

Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy, and the Palomar Observatory 
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This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of quasars, and honor Maarten Schmidt, whose insight into the nature of quasar spectra was a decisive milestone in the rise of this new field of research, in addition to his continued contributions ever since.  

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Kenneth Wilson (PhD ’61), Physics Nobel Laureate, Dies

Physics visionary Kenneth G. Wilson, winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Physics, died at the age of 77 on June 15 in Maine of complications following a lymphoma.

“Ken Wilson was one of a very small number of physicists who changed the way we all think, not just about specific phenomena, but about a vast range of different phenomena,” said Steven Weinberg, a fellow physics Nobel Laureate.

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