Wolfgang Panofsky, 1919-2007

Wolfgang K.H. “Pief” Panofsky, professor of physics at Stanford University and former director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), died of a heart attack Monday at his Los Altos home. He was 88.

Panofsky was a renowned particle physics researcher and administrator of basic research.

He was also active in nuclear arms control and international peace and security issues.

“Pief Panofsky’s contributions to SLAC and the field of physics have certainly earned him a place in the Stanford pantheon of scholars,” Stanford Provost John Etchemendy said. “But it is equally important to note that his work on nuclear arms control earned him a reputation not only as a scientist but as a patriot whose life will continue to influence and inspire us for generations to come.”

Panofsky won the National Medal of Science in 1969 and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Enrico Fermi Award in 1979.


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