Prize Recipient

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Larry Donnie Gladney
University of Pennsylvania


"For his contributions to elementary particle physics and to education, including the first full reconstruction of a B meson at a hadron collider and development of sophisticated software for the SLAC BaBar experiment, and his development of creative and effective educational programs for under-prepared university students and science outreach programs for Philadelphia schools."


Dr. Gladney received his BA in Physics from Northwestern University in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University in 1985. After three years of postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the faculty at U. Penn where he is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy.

Dr. Gladney's research centers on the elucidation of symmetries among the fundamental particles. While at the University of Pennsylvania, he has focused on determining properties of hadrons containing a bottom quark. The end of this research will be conducted at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center's PEP-II storage ring with a thorough study of the bottom quark and the implications of its CP-asymmetric decays in shedding light on the origin of the universe.

Dr. Gladney's awards include a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, a Lilly Foundation Teaching Fellowship, the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Black Graduate and Professional Students Association at Penn, and the 1997 Martin Luther King, Jr. Lectureship from Wayne State University.