Prize Recipient

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Robert D. McKeown


"For his pioneering work on studying nucleon structure using parity-violating electron scattering, in particular for the first measurement of the strange quark contribution to the electromagnetic structure of the proton."


Robert D. McKeown, received a B.S. in physics in 1974 from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY where he first developed an interest in experimental nuclear physics. He continued his work in the subject as a graduate student at Princeton University, receiving his Ph. D. in physics in 1979. After one year on the scientific staff at Argonne National Laboratory, McKeown took a position as Assistant Professor of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He became an Associate Professor in 1986 and Full Professor in 1992, a position he still holds. His research interests have included studies of weak interactions in nuclei, neutrino oscillations, parity-violating electron scattering, and the electromagnetic structure of nuclei and nucleons. McKeown received a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator award in 1984, was the Alexander M. Cruickshank Lecturer at the 1999 Gordon Conference on Nuclear Physics, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has served on the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee, the Physical Review C editorial board, and on advisory committees for Jefferson Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Fermilab.

Selection Committee:

June L. Matthews (Chair), Brendt Mueller, Arthur Poskanzer, Brad Sherrill, Xi-Dong Ji