The UCLA Physics & Astronomy Department will celebrate the 100th birthday of Professor Emeritus Robert Finkelstein with a meeting and dinner on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the UCLA Faculty Center. A session of invited talks will begin at 4pm in the Sequoia Room, followed by dinner at 6pm in the Main Dining Room East. Please RSVP to attend the event using the link in the main menu.
Robert Finkelstein will also present a special seminar that morning at 10:30am in the Physics and Astronomy Building Room 4-330.
Robert Finkelstein earned his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1941. He was one of the "new crop" of physicists hired by UCLA in 1948. At UCLA he made important contributions to beta decay theory, predicting the parity of the pi-mesons, and calculating radiative corrections to muon decay. During the same period he discovered the soliton solutions to gauge theories.
His later work in non-Abelian gauge theories led to important relations among masses and couplings, as well as the discovery that the Feynman rules have to be modified in those theories. There followed a long series of papers on general relativity and supergravity. More recently he has developed a model for elementary particles based on "q-deformations" of the Lorentz group and knot theory.
He retired in 1986 but hasn't slowed down.
Robert Finkelstein's first paper was published in the Journal of Chemical Physics in October 1940.
Professor Finkelstein's most recent paper was published in 2015 in the International Journal of Modern Physics A.