Jerome I. Friedman - Curriculum Vitae#

Jerome I. Friedman - Biographical


Jerome Isaac Friedman received his primary and secondary education in Chicago. Being fond of art, he entered a special art program in high school, and later began developing a strong interest in physics after reading Einstein's short book entitled 'Relativity'. Instead of accepting a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago Museum School and against the strong advice of his art teacher, Friedman decided to continue his formal education and sought admission to the University of Chicago because of its excellent reputation and because Enrico Fermi taught there, where he was accepted with a full scholarship. After finishing his requirements, he entered the Physics Department in 1950, receiving a Master's degree in 1953 and a Ph.D. in 1956.


Friedman was educated at the University of Chicago, from which he received his Ph.D. degree in 1956. After conducting research there and at Stanford University, where he met Taylor and Kendall, he began teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1960. He became a full professor there in 1967 and head of the physics department in 1983. He is an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prof. Friedman is a member of the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

In 2008, Friedman received an honorary Ph.D from the University of Belgrade. He is an honorary professor at the University of Belgrade's Faculty of Physics and the Faculty's world famous institutes: Institute of Physics, Zemun and Vinca Nuclear Institute.

Major achievements

In a series of experiments from 1967 to 1973, together with Richard E. Taylor and Henry W. Kendall, empirically proved the existence of particles corresponded to the fundamental particles called quarks, whose existence had been hypothesized in 1964 by Murray Gell-Mann and George Zweig.

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