- Nambu, Yoichiro
▪ American physicistborn Jan. 18, 1921, Tokyo, JapanJapanese-born American physicist who was awarded, with Kobayashi Makoto and Maskawa Toshihide, the 2008 Nobel Prize for Physics. Nambu received half of the prize for his discovery of spontaneous broken symmetry in subatomic physics, which explained why matter is much more common in the Cosmos than antimatter. This theoretical research, which was mostly carried out in the 1960s, also earned him a share of Israel's 1995 Wolf Prize in Physics.Nambu was one of the founders of string theory, which models subatomic particles (subatomic particle) as tiny one-dimensional “stringlike” entities. In particular, he was a pioneer in quantum chromodynamics, a field in which he first suggested that the gluon (in three “colours”: red, green, and blue) is the intermediary in carrying the strong force between quarks (quark) in nucleons (nucleon).After receiving a B.S. in 1942 from the University of Tokyo, Nambu worked as a professor at Ōsaka City University. He received a doctorate in science from the University of Tokyo in 1952, and that same year he went to the United States on the invitation of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. In 1954 he joined the University of Chicago as a research assistant; he became professor emeritus there in 1991.
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