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Nobel Prize Winner for Physics Dies in Maine
06/18/2013 12:35 PM ET  

Kenneth Wilson, 77, who won the Nobel Prize in 1982, died Saturday at a nursing home in Saco from complications of lymphoma.

SACO, Maine (AP) _ A physics professor who earned a Nobel prize for pioneering work that changed the way physicists think about phase transitions has died in Maine at age 77.

Kenneth Wilson was in the physics department at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., when he won the Nobel Prize in 1982 for applying his research in quantum physics to phase transitions, creating a mathematical tool called the Renormalization Group that is still used in physics.

The son of a Harvard chemist, the Waltham, Mass., native joined Cornell University in 1963 and later retired from Ohio State University, where he founded the Physics Education Research Group.

Wilson had been living in Maine in Gray. Friends and family say he died Saturday at a nursing home in Saco from complications of lymphoma.


 

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