Prize Recipient

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John T. Seeman
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center


"For technical leadership and direct contributions to the development of high luminosity B-factories at KEK and SLAC. These machines have set new world records for luminosities in colliding-beam storage rings."


Seeman attended Iowa State University, where he received his B.A. in physics (1973). He received a Ph.D. in physics at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. (1979) designing and building the injection system for the CESR e+e- Collider. He served as a Research Associate in accelerator physics at Cornell from 1979 to 1982 investigating the beam-beam interaction, higher luminosity interaction regions, and storage ring vacuum systems at CESR. Joining the staff of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (1982), he was the Linac System Manager during the construction of the SLAC Linear Collider (SLC) and subsequent operation. He led the effort to minimize the beam emittances in the SLC accelerator.

In 1993 he became the System Manager and Accelerator Physicist for design and construction of the PEP-II High Energy Ring at SLAC. A year later he became the Deputy for Accelerator Physics for the PEP-II B-Factory guiding the beam dynamics and technical design efforts during PEP-II construction and commissioning. He became Head of the SLAC Accelerator Department in 1998 organizing B-Factory operations and luminosity upgrades. In 2002 he became an Assistant Director of the Technical Division at SLAC in charge of Accelerator Systems. He has regularly taught courses at the US Particle Accelerator School.

Selection Committee:

Satoshi Ozaki (Chair), S.Y. Lee (12/03), A.N. Skrinsky ('02 Rcpnt) (12/03), Peter Limon (Vice Chair) (12/04), Tor Raubenheimer (12/04)