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Murray Gell-Mann

Murray Gell-Mann was born on September 15, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA. He has been married to Marcia Southwick since 1992. He was previously married to J. Margaret Dow. See full bio »

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 2007 Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language (TV Series documentary)
 2000 Closer to Truth (TV Series)
 2000 Simply Complex (Documentary)
 1993 The Revenge of the Dead Indians (Documentary)
 1985 Creation of the Universe (TV Movie documentary)
 1964 Horizon (TV Series documentary)
- Strangeness Minus Three (1964) ... Himself

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In 1963, when I assigned the name "quark" to the fundamental constituents of the nucleon, I had the sound first, without the spelling, which could have been "kwork." Then, in one of my occasional perusals of Finnegans Wake, by James Joyce, I came across the word "quark" in the phrase "Three quarks for Muster Mark." Since "quark" (meaning, for one thing, the cry of a gull) was clearly intended to ... See more »


Theoretical physicist, 1969 winner of the Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the theory of elementary particles. Professor Gell-Mann's "eightfold way" theory brought order to the chaos created by the discovery of some 100 particles in the atom's nucleus. Then he found that all of those particles, including the neutron and proton, are composed of fundamental building blocks that he named "... See more »


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