Title: Research Professor Emeritus
Company: University of California Davis
Location: Davis, California, United States
Richard Breedon, Research Professor Emeritus at the University of California Davis, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics discovery and education.
Dr. Breedon obtained a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and physics from Kent State University, Ohio in 1977 and followed with a Master of Science in physics from the University of Rochester, New York in 1980. He continued his education with a Doctor of Philosophy in experimental physics from Rockefeller University, New York, in 1988. He has excelled as an experimental high-particle physicist and is the author or co-author of more than 1,200 scientific papers.
During his career as a physicist, Dr. Breedon has conducted research and experiments at Fermilab in Illinois, KEK in Tsukuba, Japan, the Hahn-Meitner Institute for Nuclear Research, West Berlin, Germany and the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Experiment with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland. The discovery of the Higgs Boson particle by CMS earned the two surviving physicists who predicted its discovery in the early 1960s a Nobel Prize in 2013. Fluent in Japanese, Dr. Breedon was also named as a fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
Dr. Breedon has served as a member of the physics faculty at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) for more than 27 years, currently as a professor emeritus. He most recently taught a course called Survey of High Energy Physics Experiments at Yale-NUS College in Singapore from 2016 to 2018. His science career aspiration was greatly inspired by his grandfather, Earl Leatherman, who was an aerospace engineer at Goodyear Aerospace Corporation and developed blimps and dirigibles. Dr. Breedon maintains that his career highlight was his participation on the team that discovered the Higgs Boson. In the coming years, he is hoping to live and work in Thailand, from where his wife hails.
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