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Murray Gell-Mann

particles subatomic physics

Gell-Mann, Murray (1929– ), U.S. physicist. He was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize for physics for his work on the classification of subatomic particles (notably K-mesons and hyperons) and their interactions. He (and independently George Zweig) proposed the quark as a basic component of most subatomic particles.

See also: Particle physics.

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