Physicist Steven Weinberg, who won the Nobel prize successful 1979 with 2 different scientists for their abstracted contributions unlocking mysteries of tiny particles and their electromagnetic interaction, has died astatine 88, the University of Texas astatine Austin said Saturday.
A prof astatine the assemblage since the 1980s, Weinberg died Friday successful Austin, Texas, according to his woman Louise, said UT spokesperson Christine Sinatra. The physicist had been hospitalized for respective weeks, but a origin of decease was not released, according to Sinatra.
“The passing of Steven Weinberg is simply a nonaccomplishment for The University of Texas and for society," UT President Jay Hartzell said successful a statement.
"Professor Weinberg unlocked the mysteries of the beingness for millions of people, enriching humanity’s conception of quality and our narration to the world,” Hartzell added.
In 1979, Weinberg shared the Nobel prize successful physics with scientists Abdus Salam and Sheldon Lee Glashow. Their enactment improved the knowing of however everything successful the beingness relates, according to a UT statement.
The enactment helped physicists unify 2 of the 4 forces of nature, subatomic forces known arsenic atomic forces, said Sean Carroll, a theoretical physicist astatine the California Institute of Technology.
“It’s each astir knowing the laws of quality astatine a heavy level. We’re funny creatures and we privation to cognize however the beingness astir america works,” Carroll said.
Weinberg's enactment built connected the enactment of Albert Einstein, according to Columbia University drawstring mentation physicist Brian Greene.
“The thought was that each forces of quality mightiness really beryllium the aforesaid unit ... it was this imagination Einstein had, that it each mightiness beryllium whole,” Greene said. “He drove this thought forward. He pushed this thought guardant by showing (two forces) were the aforesaid force.”
Weinberg, Salam and Glashow — moving separately — were honored “for their contributions to the mentation of the unified anemic and electromagnetic enactment betwixt simple particles, including ... the prediction of the anemic neutral current,” according to the Nobel Prize website.
A New York native, Weinberg was a researcher astatine Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley, earlier successful his career. He past served connected the module of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology earlier joining the UT module successful 1982, teaching some physics and astronomy.
Weinberg is survived by his woman and a daughter. Funeral services were not announced.