Louis Osborne '40 (1923-2012)
Webb School of California
Louis S. Osborne '40 is recognized as a pioneer in high-energy physics, who developed many of the experimental techniques that are standard practice today.
Osborne served on the faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
for many years, and during such time was granted a Fulbright Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Minna-James-Heineman Fellowship. He was a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
After Webb, Osborne attended California Institute of Technology where he and studied under Nobel Laureate Robert A. Millikan. Upon graduation, he served in the US Navy, tending radar on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. He received his PhD from MIT and conducted research in the Laboratory for Nuclear Science. It was here that he began performing some of pioneering experiments to measure the photo-production of mesons from nuclei and developed many of the experimental techniques that are now standard practice in high-energy physics.