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Richard E. Taylor
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Scientist
    (November 2, 1929-February 22, 2018)
    Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
    Co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics for the deep inelastic scattering of electrons by protons, producing the first experiment evidence for the existence of quarks (1990)
    As a teen, he lost part of three fingers on his left hand in an explosion of the chemistry lab he set up in the basement of his home.
    He originally planned to be a surgeon until a doctor told him, ‘People aren’t going to come to a surgeon without fingers.’
    Because he had failed Latin, he did not receive a high school diploma.
    He was married to Rita Bonneau for 66 years.
    He oversaw the design and construction of the two-story tall spectrometer at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC).
    He was a hands-on researcher who would volunteer to take the unpopular early morning shift during round-the-clock SLAC experiments.
    He regretted that Nobel Prizes were limited to three recipients (’There’s no way to do it fairly with three’) and invited thirty people who had worked on the experiment to accompany him to Stockholm for the award ceremony.

Credit: C. Fishel


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