Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg passes away
New York: Nobel laureate and Americal theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg passed away on Friday.
He was 88.
He shared the Nobel prize for physics in 1979 with two others "for their contributions to the theory of the unified weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles.”
Steven Weinberg, the 1979 Nobel laureate for physics, died today. A delightful companion who loved theater, he could recite the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins by heart, and wrote profoundly about the mysteries of creation. He loved life and left it reluctantly. He’ll be missed.— Lawrence Wright (@lawrence_wright) July 24, 2021
Very sad news here in Austin. Steven Weinberg was both one of the truly great scientists of the 20th century and one of the best at clearly explaining complex concepts for a general audience (e.g. The First Three Minutes, on Big Bang cosmology). He will be sorely missed. https://t.co/gON8WKGnFq— Mike Boylan-Kolchin (@MBKplus) July 24, 2021
Here at the UT physics department we have lost our most treasured member, Prof. Steven Weinberg. He died in the ICU of a local hospital late last evening. He was considered to be the greatest living theoretical physicist by essentially all his colleagues, certainly by me. pic.twitter.com/6ymjyDQGxz— William Rory Coker (@CokerRory) July 24, 2021
Electromagnetism and weak interaction are two of the four fundamental interactions of the nature. The unified field theory developed by Weinberg and others “models them as two different aspects of the same force.” This is a very important component of the Standard Theory of the particle physics.
Steven Weinberg was born in New York City in 1933. He held the Josey Regental Chair in Science at the University of Texas in Austin.
Read his autobiographical note appeared on the Nobel prize website, here.