Table of Contents
Send a Letter
Magazine Staff
Back Issues:
Editor's Notes
Chicago Journal
Books by Alumni

Class News


For the Record
Center Stage
College Report
Alumni Gateway
UofC Homepage

By Mary Ruth Yoe & Qiana Johnson

Photography by Dan Dry

Heralded by a flourish of trumpets and an honor guard carrying brightly colored banners, 16 University of Chicago alumni and one University professor were honored by the U of C Alumni Association in a Rockefeller Chapel ceremony during Reunion 1999.

“So many defining moments—those single moments that seem to have special significance—in my life took place in Chicago,” Marvin L. (“Murph”) Goldberger, PhD’48, told the Rockefeller audience as he accepted the University’s highest alumni honor, the Alumni Medal. Goldberger—a physicist and academic leader with a superlative record of accomplishment in science, educational administration, and public policy—counted among those moments his birth in Chicago, his work with Enrico Fermi on the Manhattan Project, meeting and marrying his wife, and teaching in the physics faculty from 1950 until 1957. “There’s an intangible quality about the University of Chicago,” he concluded, “which changes very much for the better anyone who’s had the good fortune to be here.”
Goldberger—who completes a term as dean of the Division of Natural Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, this June—has served as president of the California Institute of Technology and director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. As a physicist, he is best known for his contributions to quantum scattering theory, studies which provided the central tools of high-energy theoretical physics for two decades. With a reputation for candor, humor, and a deep commitment to science, Goldberger, through his years of research and teaching, was always at the center of a vibrant school of students, postdocs, and colleagues.

Active in national affairs, notably on matters of national security, he was founder and first chair of the jason group of distinguished scientists who provide advice to the government on technical issues. Serving on the President’s Science Advisory Committee, he was the first chair of the Committee in International Security and Arms Control, which was established by the National Academy of Sciences to carry on a dialogue with a comparable committee of Soviet scientists. A fellow of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Sciences, Goldberger has written numerous books and articles and received several honorary degrees.

Table of Contents | Send a Letter | Staff | Editor's Notes | Letters | Investigations | Journal | Class News | Books | Deaths