Jerome I. Friedman

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Institute Professor, Emeritus
1990 Nobel Laureate
Experiments in which high-energy electron scattering uncovered the constituents of the proton and neutrons led to the 1990 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Affiliated Center(s): MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Science
Assistant: Nico Lang

Research Interests

Experimental High Energy Physics

Biographical Sketch

Autobiography from Le Prix Nobel 1990

Infinite History Project MIT | Jerome I. Friedman


All publications

Awards & Honors

  • 2016 // Grand Cordon of the Order of Rising Sun, Japan
  • 2007 // Science for Peace Prize, Ettore Majorana Foundation and Center for Scientific Culture
  • 2004 // Inducted into the Korean Academy of Science and Technology
  • 2004 // Gian Carlo Wick Gold Medal Award, World Federation of Scientists
  • 2002 // American Philosophical Society Member
  • 2000 // President’s Medal, Institute of Physics, UK
  • 1992 // American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
  • 1992 // National Academy of Sciences Member
  • 1990 // Nobel Prize in Physics (co-recipient with Henry W. Kendall and Richard E. Taylor) “for their pioneering investigations concerning deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons, which have been of essential importance for the development of the quark model in particle physics.
  • 1989 // W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics (APS) (co-recipient with H.W. Kendall and R.E. Taylor)""For their leadership in the first experiments on the deep inelastic scattering of electrons with protons, deuterons, and heavier nuclei. These lepton-nucleon scattering experiments which were the vehicle for the discovery of the “scaling” phenomenon, gave the first direct evidence for a charged, point-like substructure inside the nucleon. The results of these high quality experiments still stand and have been supported and extended to higher energies and momentum transfers by later experiments with electrons, muons and neutrinos."