Murray Gell-Mann, Nobel-winning physicist dies at 89


The Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Murray Gell-Mann, who discovered and classified subatomic particles, has brought order to the universe, died at the age of 89. On May 24 at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Gell-Mann died. The confirmation of his death was done by the Santa Fe Institute, where he held the title of distinguished fellow, and also the California Institute of Technology, where he taught for decades. Anyways the cause of his death has not been disclosed.

For his contributions & discoveries related to the classification of elementary particles and their interactions, he was honoured. By devising a method for sorting subatomic particles into simple groups of eight based on an electric charge, spin and other characteristics, Gell-Mann transformed physics. His method was called by him as the “eightfold way” after the Buddhist Eightfold Path to enlightenment.

He also developed the theory that identified “quarks,” which are the indivisible components of Earth’s matter which make up protons, neutrons and other particles. The existence of quarks was confirmed by the experiments, and it forms the basis for our physical understanding of the universe now.  

Gell-Mann was honoured with the Nobel Prize in Physics in the year 1969, for his discoveries & contributions related to the classification of elementary particles and their interactions. Gell-Mann was born as well as raised in New York City.  In 1948, he received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Yale University and in 1951 he received his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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