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Donald A. Glaser

American Jewish Recipients of the Nobel Prize

Donald Arthur Glaser: Nobel
Prize in Physics Recipient-1960

by Seymour “Sy” Brody

Donald Arthur Glaser is an American Jewish recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics, 1960, for the invention of the bubble chamber.

He was born on September 21, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio. His parents were Lena and William J. Glaser. His father was a businessman. Donald Glaser was married to Ruth Bonnie Thompson in 1960 and they had a daughter and a son.

Glaser received his early education in the public schools of Cleveland Heights. He enrolled in the Case Institute of Technology and he received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics and mathematics in 1946.

He continued with his graduate studies at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics and physics in 1950. He started teaching at the University of Michigan, in 1949, and he reached the rank of a professor in 1957.

Glaser became a professor of Physics at the University of California, at Berkeley, in 1959. He also became involved in research on the elementary particles of physics, which led him to the development of the bubble chamber.

His research during these years was supported by the University of Michigan, the National Science Foundation of the United States and the United States Atomic Energy Commission.

Glaser became involved in exploring a new field of molecular biology, in the 1960s. In the years that followed, he became a consultant and advisor to many industries, government agencies and nonprofit groups.

Donald A. Glaser has received many honors and awards:
● Henry Russell Award of the University of Michigan, 1953
● Charles Vernon Boys Prize of the Physical Society, London, 1958
● American Physical Society Prize, 1959
● Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by the Case Institute of Technology, 1959

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