Richard Milner

Professor of Physics
Focused on studying the spin structure of strongly interacting systems.
(617) 258-5439
Office: 26-411
Affiliated Center(s): Laboratory for Nuclear Science (LNS)
Assistant Phone: (617) 253-2391

Research Interests

Study of the QCD structure of matter using spin-dependent electron scattering

Biographical Sketch

  • Born, raised and educated to undergraduate level in physics in Cork, Ireland.
  • Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech in 1985.
  • On MIT physics faculty since 1988.
  • Director of MIT-Bates Center (1998-2006)
  • Director of Laboratory for Nuclear Science (2006-2015).
  • Chair of Division of Nuclear Physics, American Physical Society in 2007.
  • Proponent of U.S.-based Electron-Ion Collider to study QCD since 1999.
  • Active in recent years in making MIT physics undergraduate experimental curriculum more effective.

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Awards & Honors

  • 2020 // Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society for his “pioneering work developing and using polarized internal targets in storage rings and for leadership in the study of the structure of the nucleon in a wide range of electronuclear experiments.”
  • 2018 // Buechner Special Teaching Award
  • 2011 // Alexander Von Humboldt Prize, Germany
  • 2010 // D.Sc. degree (honoris causa) of National University of Ireland

Key Publications

  • B.S. Henderson et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 118 092501 (2017)

  • James Maxwell and Richard Milner https://arxiv.org/pdf/1911.06650.pdf

  • I. Friscic, T.W. Donnelly and R.G. Milner, Phys. Rev. C 100 025804 (2019)