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Burton Richter, Director Emeritus

Burton Richter, Director Emeritus, SLAC

Paul Pigott Professor of Physical Sciences Emeritus, Stanford University

"Knowledge is more than equivalent to force."
---Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784.


  • B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 1952
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, September 1956


  • Research Associate, High Energy Physics Laboratory, Stanford University, 1956-1960
  • Assistant Professor, Physics Department, Stanford University, 1960-1963
  • Associate Professor, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford, 1963-1967
  • Professor, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford University, 1967-present
  • Technical Director, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford University, 1982-1984
  • Director, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford University, 1984-1999

Honors and Awards

  • Loeb Lecturer, Harvard University, 1974
  • DeShalit Lecturer, Weizmann Institute, 1975
  • E.O. Lawrence Medal (DOE), 1976
  • Nobel Prize in Physics, 1976
  • National Academy of Sciences, 1977
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Fellow), 1989
  • Astor Visiting Lecturer, Oxford University, 2000
  • Laurea Honoris Causa in Fisica, Universita di Pisa, 2001
  • American Philosophical Society, 2003

Professional Societies

  • American Physical Society (Fellow; President, 1994)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow)

Present Committees, Consultantships, and Directorships

  • Member of the JASON Group — Mitre Corporation
  • Member of the Board of Directors — Varian Medical Systems 1989-2002
  • Member of the Board of Directors — Litel Instruments, Inc. 1990-
  • Member of the Board of Directors — AREVA Enterprises, Inc. (USA) 2003-
  • Honorary Member of the Board of Regents — The Mercersburg Academy
  • President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) – 1999-2002
  • Member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) 2000-2006
  • Member of the Executive Board — International Council for Science (ICSU) - 2002-2005
  • Member of Le Haut-Commissaire à l'Energie Atomique Visiting Committee (CEA)
  • Chair, NERAC Sub-Committee on the Advanced Nuclear Transformation Technology (formerly Accelerator Transmutation of Nuclear Waste) — DOE
  • PCAST Review Panel; National Climate Change Assessment
  • Member of the Board on Physics and Astronomy (Chair, 2003-2006 )
  • National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences (NRC/NAS)
  • Senior Fellow by Courtesy, Center for Environmental Science and Policy at Stanford Institute for International Studies

Open Publications

Personal Data

Married to Laurose
Children: Elizabeth and Matthew


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