Burton Richter is the Paul Pigott Professor in the Physical Sciences,
Stanford University and Director Emeritus at the Stanford Linear
Accelerator Center. His research has centered on experimental particle
physics with high-energy electrons and electron-positron colliding
He began as a post doc at Stanford University in 1956, became a
professor in 1967, and was Director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator
Center from 1984 through 1999.
Richter received the Nobel Prize in Physics (1976) and the E. O.
Lawrence Medal of the Department of Energy (1976). He is a member of the
National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society; a
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science, and of The American Physical
Society (President, 1994). He was President of the International Union
of Pure and Applied Physics (1999-2002).
He has served on many advisory committees to governments, laboratories
and universities. He recently served on the Secretary of Energy Advisory
Board, Laboratory Operations Board, Nuclear Energy Task Force
(2000-2006) and chaired the National Research Council's Board on Physics
and Astronomy. Currently, he chairs the Transmutation Subcommittee of
the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee and serves on the Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory Advisory Board. He is a member of the
French Commissaire a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) Visiting Group and the
He is interested in industry and its use of science and technology and
has been a member of the General Motors Science Advisory Committee,
chairman of the technology advisory board of an artificial intelligence
company, a member of the Board of Directors of Varian Associates and
Varian Medical Systems, and AREVA Enterprises, Inc. He is a member of
the Board of Directors of Litel Instruments.
He received his BS and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology in 1952 and 1956, respectively.