Is Vacuum a Physical Medium?


Is Vacuum a Physical Medium?


Tsung-Dao Lee


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(This information was taken from the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series Program 1981-1982).

Dr. Lee, Nobel laureate and Enrico Fermi Professor of physics at Columbia University, was born in China. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago in 1950. Among the youngest men ever to receive a Nobel award, Dr. Lee, at the age of 30, was named co-recipient of the 1957 Nobel Prize in physics with Dr. C.N. Yang. Before joining Columbia in 1953, he served on the faculty of the University of Chicago and the University of California at Berkeley, and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Dr. Lee received the Albert Einstein Award in Science in 1957, was the Loeb Lecturer at Harvard that year and again in 1964, and held a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1966.

His Work: Dr. Lee, along with Dr. Yang, shared the Nobel Prize in 1957 for their discoveries that challenged the principle of "Conservation of Parity," on which much of modern physics had been based. The principle says that objects which are mirror images of each other must obey the same physical rules. They theorized that in key cases parity need not be observed and a series of subsequent experiments proved them right.

His Lecture: "Is Vacuum a Physical Medium?"



Creation Date

May 1, 1982

Is Vacuum a Physical Medium?