Ann Arbor, MI - Lawrence Jones is an esteemed retired Emeritus Professor of Physics from the University of Michigan. He is also co-author of “Innovation was not Enough: The History of Midwestern Universities Research Association.”
“My career was so intriguing because I was always continually learning,” says Lawrence. “My field of interest and central focus was high energy particle physics. Much of my research involved particle accelerator design and experiments at proton accelerators and detector development and cosmic ray research. I am so extremely humbled and proud to have contributions to such a fascinating field.”
Lawrence served two years in the United States army during World War II from 1944 to 1946. In 1952 he was hired by the University of Michigan where he moved through the ranks from instructor to full professor and served from 1982 to 1987 as Chair of the Physics dept before retiring in 1998.
During his distinguished career, Lawrence made extraordinary contributions to his field including the L3 experiment located at the Cern Laboratory for Particle Physics at Geneva, Switzerland headed by Professor Sam Ting who earned his Ph.D at Michigan as a student of Professor Jones. In his cosmic ray experiments on mountains in Colorado (in the 1960s), he employed a 2000 liter liquid hydrogen target, the only liquid hydrogen target ever used in a cosmic ray experiment.
“It has been an extremely amazing career,” says Lawrence. “Hopefully with brilliant young minds entering the field of Physics more developments and advancements will be made that will revolutionize the field of Physics to further greater magnitude.”
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