William B. Fowler

William B. Fowler attended high school in Kentucky, after which he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII and worked as a radio operator. He received his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Kentucky in Lexington in 1947 and his PhD in physics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1951. He then held a postdoc position at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York before joining the University of California as Berkeley as an assistant professor in 1955. He left in 1959 to return to Brookhaven, where he remained until 1969. In 1969, he joined the new National Accelerator Laboratory, later named Fermilab, and he remained there until he retired in 2002. At Fermilab, he played leading roles in the construction of the 15-foot bubble chamber and in the construction of the Tevatron. He passed away in 2015.

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William B. Fowler in 1971