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Val Logsdon Fitch

American physicist

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Val Logsdon Fitch was an American nuclear physicist who, with co-researcher James Cronin, was awarded the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physics for a 1964 experiment using the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron at Brookhaven National Laboratory that proved that certain subatomic reactions do not adhere to fundamental symmetry principles. Specifically, they proved, by examining the decay of K-mesons, that a reaction run in reverse does not retrace the path of the original reaction, which showed that the reactions of subatomic particles are not indifferent to time. Thus the phenomenon of CP violation was discovered. This demolished the faith that physicists had that natural laws were governed by symmetry.

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Columbia University

Private Ivy League research university in New York City

Chadron State College

Northwestern University

Private research university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, United States

Princeton University

Private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey, United States

McGill University

English-language public research university in Montreal, Quebec

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Physics