Renowned physicist Sheldon Glashow is best known for his work with the fundamental forces of nature, work that earned him the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics. Glashow and fellow Bronx Science alumnus Steven Weinberg ’50 worked together to show that electromagnetism and the weak interaction were different aspects of the same force as opposed to two separate interactions. This theory unified the two interactions of elementary particles into a single one, the electroweak. It also hypothesized that the weak interaction presents itself as “neutral weak currents” when particular elementary particles interact. After graduating from Bronx Science in 1950, Glashow earned his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his Ph.D in physics from Harvard University. Glashow is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and was awarded the J. R. Oppenheimer Prize (1976).
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