Martin L. Perl, Curricula Vitae

Present Position:


  • Physicist, engineer, educator

Basic research interest:

  • Experimental astrophysics and cosmology
  • Experimental elementary particle physics
  • Atom optics
  • Behavior of liquids as drops, sprays, and aerosols

Applied research and technology interests:

  • Atom interferometry
  • Atom optics
  • Liquid drop and spray technology


  • Award: 1995 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Award News: Article about my 1995 Nobel Prize in French, Canada
  • Award: 1982 Wolf Prize in Physics for discovery of tau lepton
  • Member: U. S. National Academy of Sciences
  • Member: American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Honorray Degree: Rider University, 2011
  • Honorary Degree: Dr. Sc. Univ. of Belgrade, 2009
  • Honorary Degree: Dr. Sc. Union College, 2009
  • Honorary Degree: Dr. Sc. Polytechnic , 1996
  • Honorary Degree: Dr. Sc. University of Chicago, 1990
  • In: Who’s Who in America. Who’s Who in the World
  • Article in University Laval in Quebec


  • June 24, 1927 in New York City


  • Graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn, New York, 1942
  • Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, 1948
  • Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University, 1955

Military Service:

Professional Employment:

  • 1948 – 1950: Chemical engineer with General Electric Company
  • 1950 – 1955: Graduate research assistant in atomic physics at Columbia University
  • 1955 – 1963: Instructor, assistant professor, and associate professor of physics at University of Michigan
  • 1963 – 2004: Professor and Group Leader at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University
  • 2004-Present: Professor , SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC), Stanford University

Public Service in Science Education and Research:

  • Past Member of CERN Scientific Policy Committee
  • Past Member of University Senate of Stanford University
  • Past Member of High Energy Physics Advisory Panel to U. S. Department of Energy
  • Past Chairman of Panel for 1984 U. S. National Academy of Sciences Report on Physics
  • Past Member of Council and Executive Committee of American Physical Society
  • Past Chairman of Division of Particles and Fields of American Physical Society
  • Past Chairman of Forum on Physics and Society of American Physical Society
  • Past Editor of Newsletter on Physics and Society of American Physical Society
  • Past Chairman of the High Energy Physics Faculty of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory


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