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Hywell White

Dr. Hywell White, a LANL researcher and Lab Fellow, who pioneered significant research in the area of sub-atomic research, passed away June 20th from a brief battle with lung cancer at the age of 87 in his Santa Fe home.

Hywell was born in Cardiff, Wales and graduated from Cardiff University and went on to receive his PhD in Physics from the University of Birmingham.  He came to the United States in 1959 and taught Physics at the University of Pennsylvania from 1961-1964 and Cornell University during the years of 1969-1978.

In 1978 he left Cornell to become a senior physicist and head of the experimental facilities division on the Isabelle Project at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, Long Island, New York until 1982.

While at University of Pennsylvania and Cornell, he was awarded the National Science Foundation senior postdoctoral fellow in 1970 and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science fellow in 1981.

Dr. White started working at Los Alamos in 1986 when he started the P-25 Neutrino group and served as its group leader.  He was an internationally recognized expert in the field of neutrino physics; especially in the field of low-energy neutrino interactions.   His experimental work using liquid scintillator neutron detectors in neutrino oscillation experiments is highly cited and noted potentially as one of the most important neutrino experiments of the modern age.

He was honored as a LANL Fellow in 1998. 

The full obituary can be found on the Rivera Funeral Home, Santa Fe, NM:


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