After 39 years at Fermilab, we are pleased to announce that Jorge Morfín was appointed to the title of scientist emeritus on Sept. 5.
This new title is well deserved. Jorge has been deeply involved with accelerator-based neutrino experiments for over four decades, being involved with the Gargamelle experiment’s first probes of the structure of the nucleon with neutrinos and having presented results from the Gargamelle experiment at the very first Neutrino Conference in Balaton, Hungary, in 1972. At Fermilab, after managing its installation, he continued his studies of nucleon structure and nuclear effects with the Tevatron Muon Experiment. He then initiated the establishment of the MINERvA experiment and served as MINERvA collaboration co-spokesperson for six years. Within the MINERvA physics program, he continued working with students in the study of nuclear effects, including the structure of the nucleon in the nuclear environment.
Importantly, Jorge created the MINERvA Latin American Initiative, which has attracted multiple groups from various Latin American countries to come to Fermilab and conduct their research on MINERvA. He has mentored 38 Latin American graduate students in obtaining their M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, with more to come!
Jorge has also forged new pathways for collaboration between theorists and experimentalists. Collaborating with the theorist Wu-Ki Tung, he used global experimental results and QCD predictions to better define the internal structure of the nucleon. Along the lines of this successful effort, the CTEQ collaboration of experimentalists and theorists was established. Within CTEQ he initiated the CTEQ Summer Schools on QCD Analysis and Phenomenology, organizing the majority of the 26 CTEQ QCD schools.
Jorge is also one of the founders and current co-spokesperson of the NuSTEC collaboration, an organization of neutrino theorists and experimentalists, modeled after CTEQ, to study neutrino nucleus scattering physics and sponsor the community’s only schools on this topic. In addition, NuSTEC workshops and projects directly confront the many challenges in neutrino scattering physics facing the community.
While spending some of his time in sunny Florida, Jorge will continue to maintain an office in Wilson Hall and continue to be involved in neutrino research at the lab. Please be sure to congratulate him on this transition to scientist emeritus.
“The great satisfaction of my career has been the outstanding co-workers with whom I’ve collaborated,” he said. “The efforts of this wonderful mix of scientists — students, professors and lab colleagues — engineers, technicians and administrative assistants ensured that reaching our goals was a most gratifying experience.”