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H. David Politzer

American Jewish Recipients of the Nobel Prize

H. David Politzer: Nobel Prize in Physics Recipient-2004
by Seymour “Sy” Brody

H. David Politzer is an American Jewish recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics, 2004, which he shared with David J. Gross and Frank Wilczek for their discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction.

He was born on August 31, 1949, in New York City, New York. In 1966, he graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. He then went to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and received a bachelor’s degree, in 1969. He went to Harvard University and earned a Ph. D. in Physics, in 1974.

Politzer’s first published article, in 1973, described the phenomenon of asymptotic freedom: the closer the quarks are to each other, the weaker the strong interaction, given by the color charge, will be between them.

In 1974, he joined the faculty of the California Institute of Technology, where he is now a professor. Pulitzer was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, 1974-1977

In 1989, he appeared in a minor role as Manhattan Project physicist in the movie, “Fat Man and Little Boy,” which starred Paul Newman as General Leslie Groves.

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