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Helen Thom Edwards


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Important Contributions:

Led the effort to design and build the Tevatron, at present the world' highest energy particle accelerator - the first high-energy accelerator completely based on superconducting magnets.

The Tevatron was one of the first high-energy antiproton-proton colliders. It requires the storage of antiprotons for days in order to produce the luminosity necessary for the experimental program at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory which has resulted in important new discoveries in physic such as the top quark.

There is a consensus in the profession that, as Professor Claudio Pellegrini has said:

    "Her design work and the technical decisions which she took were critical to the success of the Tevatron project."

The HERA high energy proton ring is based on the technology pioneered at the Tevatron.


Edwards, Helen "The Tevatron Energy Doubler" Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Physics, Vol 35:605-660, 1985

Edwards, Helen "Energy Saver Test & Commissioning History" Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on High Energy Accelerators, Fermilab, Batavia, Illinois, Aug 11-16, 1983


E.O. Lawrence Award, U.S. Department of Energy 1986

MacArthur Foundation Fellowship1988

National Medal of Technology1989


1966-70 Research Associate, 10 GEV Electron Synchrotron, Cornell University [ncs1995oa]

1970-87 Associate Head of the Booster Group, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory [ncs1995oa]

1987-89 Head, Accelerator Division, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory [amw1994]

1989-92 Head & Associate Director, Superconducting Division, Superconducting Supercollider Laboratory, Dallas [amw1994]

1988- MacArthur Fellow [amw1994]

1992-present Guest Scientist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory [nwps1997ds]


B.A. Cornell University 1957

M.S. Cornell University 1963

Ph.D. Cornell University 1966

Sources and References

Helen Edwards, Claudio Pellegrini, Jaime Rosenzweig, and [amw1994], [ncs1995oa], [nwps1997ds]

Additional Information/Comments

Cf., Article by Darin Savage in "Notable Women in the Physical Sciences" [nwps1997ds].

Field Editors: Claudio Pellegrini/Nina Byers

<pelligrini@physics.ucla.edu> /<nbyers@physics.ucla.edu>

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