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Nahmin Horwitz (Ph.D., Physics, 1955; M.S., Physics, 1951)


I entered the department in fall 1950 after getting B.S. degree at Western Reserve.

John Buchta was the department chair. I had a high regard for Dr. Buchta, but the department at that time had little to be proud of. It had recently fi red Frank Oppenheimer because of a “communist connection”, and was soon to fi re Joe Weinberg. Weinberg was being harassed by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee. He was cited for contempt, but never convicted. The lack of conviction did not seem to concern the Physics Department. I enjoyed my fi ve years as a graduate student. I enjoyed classes with Nier, Hill, Williams, Teng, Valasek and others. Critchfi eld was there. My advisor, Ed Ney, was pioneering the use of helium fi lled balloons to send emulsions to top of atmosphere. He played prominent role discovery of the heavy component of primary cosmic radiation. Ney knew Ed Lofgren who was a former University of Minnesota Physics faculty member. Lofgren was in charge of building the Bevetron at the Lawrence Laboratory at U of California, Berkley. My first job was there. Berkley and the Bevetron was the center of the
universe in high energy physics at that time. It was a wonderful and
exciting place to be. After five years, I accepted a faculty position at Syracuse University where I remained until retirement in 2004. During part of that time I worked as a member of the CLEO collaboration centered at Cornell. That involved collaborating with a very productive group from University of Minnesota who are still part of the collaboration. I have a wife and four children, none of whom I could convince to become physicists, however, one daughter has gone into computer science. I have fond memories of a pleasant experience at Minnesota.