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On even the worst days, when nothing was working at the lab, I knew that at home I would find warmth, peace, companionship, and encouragement. As a consequence, the next day would surely be better. ---->>>

During this period, with a series of excellent students, we further studied hyperon decays. ---->>>

I was much involved in the development of the spark chamber as a practical research tool. ---->>>

My real education began when I entered the University of Chicago in September 1951 as a graduate student. ---->>>

One of the greatest joys in my life was giving a lecture in French at the College de France. ---->>>

My mother, Dorothy Watson, had met my father in a Greek class at Northwestern University. ---->>>

The long-lived K meson was discovered at Brookhaven. ---->>>

When the violation of parity was discovered I began a series of electronic experiments to investigate parity violation in hyperon decays. ---->>>

I did a thesis in experimental nuclear physics under the direction of Samuel K. Allison. ---->>>

In 1971 I returned to the University of Chicago as Professor of Physics. ---->>>

In addition to the research, I enjoyed learning French and assimilating the culture of another country. ---->>>

My primary and secondary education was provided by the Highland Park Public School System. ---->>>

Our whole family assembles in Chicago at Christmas and usually in Aspen in the summer. ---->>>

The Director of the Laboratory, George Reynolds, was most supportive of my efforts to work independently. There followed for ten years a glorious time for research. ---->>>

While at Chicago my interest in the new field of particle physics was stimulated by a course given by Gell- Mann, who was developing his ideas about Strangeness at the time. ---->>>

Biography

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Nationality: American
Born: 09-29, 1931
Birthplace:
Die: 2016-08-25
Occupation: Physicist
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James Watson Cronin (September 29, 1931 – August 25, 2016) was an American particle physicist. Cronin was born in Chicago, Illinois, and attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He and co-researcher Val Logsdon Fitch were awarded the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physics for a 1964 experiment that proved that certain subatomic reactions do not adhere to fundamental symmetry principles (wikipedia)