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Nan Phinney

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Nan Phinney (born 1945) is a retired American accelerator physicist at SLAC. She was program coordinator for the Stanford Linear Collider (SLC), the world's first linear collider. Her last job title at SLAC was "Distinguished Staff Scientist". She became an American Physical Society Fellow in 1993.

Nan Phinney
BornNanette Cecile Phinney
🏳️ Nationality
🎓 Alma materState University of New York
💼 Occupation

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Chicago in 1945, Nan Phinney is the daughter of Thomas Ward Phinney and Martha Louise (née Lawrence) Phinney.[1] She is a granddaughter of photographer George R. Lawrence.[1]

Phinney completed a B.S. in physics in 1966 at Michigan State University[2]. In 1972 she earned a Ph.D. at the State University of New York, Stony Brook,[2] with the dissertation: Trident Production in Coulomb Field, advised by John (Jack) Smith.[3][4]


From 1972 through 1980, Phinney held post doc positions form CERN and the University of Oxford, working at CERN on on high-energy particle physics experiments.[2][5]

1981-2018, Staff, SLAC[2]

Awards, honors[edit]

1993 American Physical Society Fellow, cited "For her many contributions to the successful development and operation of the Stanford Linear Collider.[6]

2003 Marsh O’Neill Award recipient[5]

Selected publications[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Obituary for Louise Lawrence Phinney, 1922-2008 (Aged 85)". Chicago Tribune. 2008-02-17. pp. 4–8. Retrieved 2021-05-14.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Nan Phinney". inspirehep.net. Retrieved 2021-04-12. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "The year 1972". www.physics.sunysb.edu. Retrieved 2021-05-14.
  4. Zierler, David (July 16, 2020). "Interview with Nan Phinney" (PDF). slac.stanford.edu. Retrieved April 12, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Palmer, Barbara (December 2, 2003). "Nan Phinney selected as Marsh O'Neill Award recipient". news.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2021-04-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "APS Fellowship". auth.aps.commonspotcloud.com. Retrieved 2021-04-11.

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