Scientific Achievement Day

December 10th

Luis Walter Alvarez

Luis Walter Alvarez was a famous physicist born in San Francisco, California on June 13, 1911. He died in 1988 at the age of 77. The year before he died, in 1987 he got the Enrico Fermi award for a lifetime achievement for researching radiation and neutrons.


Why celebrate?

He deserves a holiday in his honor because, on December 10, 1968 Luis Alvarez was awarded a Nobel Prize "for his decisive contributions to elementary particle physics, in particular the discovery of a large number of resonance states, made possible through his development of the technique of using hydrogen bubble chamber and data analysis" ( http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1968/ ).