James Watson Cronin
From Academic Kids
He was born in Chicago, Illinois. Cronin and co-researcher Val Logsdon Fitch were awarded the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physics for a 1964 experiment that proved that certain subatomic reactions do not adhere to fundamental symmetry principles. Specifically, they proved, by examining the decay of K-mesons, that a reaction run in reverse does not merely retrace the path of the original reaction, which showed that the reactions of subatomic particles are not indifferent to time. Thus the phenomenon of CP violation was discovered.
- James Watson Cronin (http://www.nobel-winners.com/Physics/james_watson_cronin.html)
- the discovery of violations of fundamental symmetry principles in the decay of neutral K-mesons. (http://eraserall.bravehost.com/swq/cronin-autobio.html)
- Short biography at the University of Chicago (http://physics.uchicago.edu/x_astro.html#Cronin)de:James Cronin