Physicist Steven Weinberg, who shared the 1979 Nobel Prize with two other scientists for their separate contributions to unraveling the mysteries of small particles and their electromagnetic interaction, has died at age 88, the University of Texas (UT) at Austin reported on Monday. Saturday.
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Weinberg, a physics and astronomy professor at the university since 1982, died Friday at a hospital in Austin, Texas, according to his wife Louise, UT spokeswoman Christine Sinatra said. The physicist had been hospitalized for several weeks, but his cause of death was not released, according to Sinatra.
“The death of Steven Weinberg is a loss for the University of Texas and for society,” said UT Chancellor Jay Harzell in a statement.
“Professor Weinberg unraveled the mysteries of the universe for millions of people, enriching humanity’s concept of nature and our relationship with the world,” he added.
In 1979, Weinberg shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with scientists Abdus Salam and Sheldon Lee Glashow. Their work improved understanding of how everything is related in the universe, according to a UT statement.
The three, who worked separately, were awarded “for their contributions to the theory of the unified weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles, including … the prediction of the weak neutral current,” according to the Nobel Prize website.
A native of New York, Weinberg was a researcher at Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley early in his career. He then served on the faculty of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining the UT faculty in 1982.