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Helen T Edwards

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Fields  Accelerator physics
Education  Cornell University
Role  Physicist
Name  Helen Edwards
Alma mater  Cornell University

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Born  May 27, 1936 Detroit, Michigan (1936-05-27)
Institutions  Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Notable awards  E. O. Lawrence Award (1986) MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, National Medal of Technology
Awards  MacArthur Fellowship, National Medal of Technology and Innovation

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Helen Thom Edwards (May 27, 1936 – June 21, 2016) was an American physicist. She was the lead scientist for the design and construction of the Tevatron at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.


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  • The Madeira School 1953
  • Edwards earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Cornell University. After her undergraduate work, she continued studying at Cornell University, where she earned her M.S. degree in the physics department under Kenneth Greisen working with the development of electromagnetic showers. Edwards eventually earned her PhD from Cornell in 1966, working under the direction of Boyce McDaniel in the Laboratory of Nuclear Studies.


    After earning her PhD at Cornell in 1966, Edwards continued her work in Nuclear Studies at Cornell as a research associate at the 10 GEV Electron Synchrotron under the supervision of Robert R. Wilson. Edwards then joined Wilson when he transitioned to Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in 1970.

    When she first began her work at Fermilab, she was put in charge of the accelerator division. In her most well-known work, she oversaw the building of the Tevatron, one of the highest energy super-conducting particle accelerators ever constructed. Her work was supervised by Leon M. Lederman.

  • 1966-70 Research Associate, 10 GEV Electron Synchrotron, Cornell University
  • 1970-87 Associate Head of the Booster Group, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • 1987-89 Head, Accelerator Division, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • 1989-92 Head & Associate Director, Superconducting Division, Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory, Dallas
  • 1988 MacArthur Fellow
  • 1992–present Guest Scientist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Honors

  • USPAS Prize for Achievement in Accelerator Physics and Technology 1985
  • E. O. Lawrence Award, U.S. Department of Energy 1986
  • MacArthur Foundation Fellowship 1988
  • Elected to the National Academy of Engineering (1988)
  • National Medal of Technology 1989
  • References

    Helen T. Edwards Wikipedia

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