University of Wisconsin-Madison
Recipient of the 2021 J. J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics
For pioneering work in collider physics contributing to the discovery and characterization of the W boson, top quark, and Higgs boson, and for the development of incisive strategies to test theoretical ideas with experiments.
About the Recipient
Vernon Duane Barger was born in 1938 in Curllsville, Pennsylvania. He received his B.S. in Engineering Science and his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Penn State University in 1960 and 1963, respectively. His Ph.D. advisor was Professor Emil Kazes. Barger joined the University of Wisconsin at Madison as a postdoc, where he has continued on the faculty for more than 50 years. In 1984 Barger cofounded the U.W. Phenomenology Institute. Barger is now the J.H. Van Vleck Professor of Physics and a Vilas Research Professor. Barger developed strategies for the discovery of Standard Model particles and tests of their interactions at colliders. He made contributions to neutrino oscillations, particle dark matter, early universe cosmology, heavy quarks and the Regge pole model. His work is now focused on supersymmetry and the string theory landscape at the LHC. His research has been continuously funded since 1963 by the U.S. Department of Energy and its predecessor agencies. Barger received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow award in 1972. He is an APS Fellow, and he served on the DPF Executive Committee. Barger has held visiting appointments at physics institutes around the world, including CERN, U.Durham, U.Hawaii, KITP at UCSB, Rutherford Lab, SLAC, U.Tokyo, and U.Washington. He was a Frontier Fellow at Fermilab in 1998. Barger and Roger Phillips authored an acclaimed textbook "Collider Physics." Barger authored "Neutrino Physics" with Danny Marfatia and Kerry Whisnant.
About the J. J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics
The Sakurai Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in particle theory.
This prize was endowed in 1984 as a memorial to and in recognition of the accomplishments of J. J. Sakurai by the family and friends of J. J. Sakurai.