Michael Riordan

Michael Riordan earned a doctorate in physics from MIT, where he worked on the MIT-SLAC electron-scattering experiments that led to the discovery of quarks. He has taught the history of physics and technology at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is author of The Hunting of the Quark and coauthor of Crystal Fire, The Shadows of Creation, and Tunnel Visions. A Guggenheim Fellow and Fellow of the American Physical Society, Riordan received the 2002 Andrew W. Gemant Award from the American Institute of Physics in recognition of his efforts in communicating physics and its cultural implications.