Afternoon lecture honors Bruce Winstein

A plaque honoring Bruce Winstein for his accomplishments will be hung following the memorial lecture at the annual Users’ Meeting.

A lecture this afternoon will honor the life and contributions of Bruce Winstein, an award-winning experimental particle physicist who made a great impact on the field of particle physics. Winstein died earlier this year. Ed Blucher, University of Chicago’s chairman of the Department of Physics, will give the memorial lecture at 5 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium as part of Fermilab’s annual Users’ Meeting. A plaque honoring Winstein for his accomplishments will be hung following the lecture.

“Bruce changed the field of fixed target experiments,” said Bob Bernstein, who worked with Winstein for many years. “You could wander down the hall and find someone who was affected by Bruce in some way.”

Winstein served as Bernstein’s thesis advisor, although Bernstein said he got more from Winstein than guidance.

“One of the things that I got from Bruce was an externalized conscience,” Bernstein said. “Whenever I do a piece of work, I feel him on my shoulder. He taught you to keep going until you understood something or until you did it right.”

Bob Tschirhart, who worked with Winstein on KTeV and other fixed target experiments for more than a decade, still can hear Winstein’s words from time to time.

“His personality was extremely intense,” Tschirhart said. “When you were analyzing data, he wanted to make sure your logic was sound. If you said something stupid, he’d call you on it. It could be painful to be on the receiving end, but it made you a better researcher.”

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Rhianna Wisniewski