Our whole family assembles in Chicago at Christmas and usually in Aspen in the summer.
While at Chicago my interest in the new field of particle physics was stimulated by a course given by Gell- Mann, who was developing his ideas about Strangeness at the time.
My primary and secondary education was provided by the Highland Park Public School System.
I did a thesis in experimental nuclear physics under the direction of Samuel K. Allison.
The long-lived K meson was discovered at Brookhaven.
When the violation of parity was discovered I began a series of electronic experiments to investigate parity violation in hyperon decays.
I was much involved in the development of the spark chamber as a practical research tool.
One of the greatest joys in my life was giving a lecture in French at the College de France.
Annette, with great patience and good spirit, tolerated my many long absences when experiments were carried out at distant laboratories.
In 1971 I returned to the University of Chicago as Professor of Physics.
My mother, Dorothy Watson, had met my father in a Greek class at Northwestern University.
The Director of the Laboratory, George Reynolds, was most supportive of my efforts to work independently. There followed for ten years a glorious time for research.
In addition to the research, I enjoyed learning French and assimilating the culture of another country.
A blue ribbon commission, by its very nature, is temporary, intended to focus attention on an issue. This is a long-term problem, and I felt we needed a long-term response.
During this period, with a series of excellent students, we further studied hyperon decays.
Assuring there is adequate housing for the work force is an economic issue. You cannot have jobs and economic diversity unless you have housing.
On even the worst days, when nothing was working at the lab, I knew that at home I would find warmth, peace, companionship, and encouragement. As a consequence, the next day would surely be better.
My real education began when I entered the University of Chicago in September 1951 as a graduate student.
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