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Politzer, Hugh David

Politzer, Hugh David, 1949–, American physicist, b. Mineola, N.Y., Ph.D. Harvard, 1974. Politzer has been a professor at the California Institute of Technology since 1977. He was a co-recipient, with David Gross and Frank Wilczek , of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics for their development in 1973 of a mathematical framework that led to the theory of quantum chromodynamics (QCD), which explains how the nucleus of the atom works. QCD, which is concerned with strong interactions , was an important contribution to the standard model of particle physics, which describes all physics in terms of four forces or interactions.

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