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Murray Gell-Mann (1929 - 2019)

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Murray Gell-Mann
Born in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married in Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey, United Statesmap
Father of [private daughter (1950s - unknown)] and [private son (1960s - unknown)]
Died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United Statesmap
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Murray Gell-Mann was one of the great physicists of the 20th century, with a huge list of accomplishments, the most broadly recognizable of which is the description and naming of the quark. He was awarded the Nobel prize in physics in 1969.[1] He was also known for his extensive interest and knowledge in a wide range of fields outside of physics. From the late 1980s his research focus shifted to the study of complexity.

This profile should be expanded, but for now I recommend his Wikipedia article,[2] his New York Times obituary,[3] and the biographical information at the Nobel site.[1]


These are just a sample. Gell-Mann has co-authored books on a wide range of topics, and been mentioned in dozens more.

By Gell-Mann

Gell-Mann, Murray. (1994). The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex. 10.1063/1.2808634. ISBN 978-0805072532.

Gell-Mann, Murray and Yuval Ne'eman (2000). The Eightfold Way. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0738202990.

Gell-Mann, Murray and Constantino Tsallis (2004). Nonextensive Entropy: Interdisciplinary Applications. Perseus. ISBN 978-0792345152.


Johnson, George. (2000). Strange Beauty: Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth Century Physics. European Journal of Physics. 21. 275. 10.1088/0143-0807/21/3/701. ISBN 978-0679437642.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Murray Gell-Mann – Biographical. Nobel Media AB 2019. Tue. 4 Jun 2019. <>
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Murray Gell-Mann," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed June 2, 2019)
  3. [ New York Times obituary by Shean Carroll
  • US Census. Year: 1930; Census Place: Manhattan, New York, New York; Page: 27A; Enumeration District: 0224; FHL microfilm: 2341290
  • Year: 1940; Census Place: New York, New York, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02641; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 31-764
  • U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. (Pasadena residence in 1961, physicist, spouse Margaret Gell-Mann.)

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On 2 Jun 2019 J Ryan wrote:

The quark was named in 1963, but only in 1972 did California allow citizens to customize their automobile license plates. At Caltech in the late 1970s there were a number of plates such as QUARKS and the usual variations such as QUARK1. I never knew Professor Gell-Mann, but I knew his car!

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