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Ernest Courant
Born (1920-03-26)March 26, 1920
Göttingen, Free State of Prussia, Weimar Republic
(now in Lower Saxony, Germany)
Died April 21, 2020(2020-04-21) (aged 100)
Alma mater Swarthmore College
University of Rochester
Awards Enrico Fermi Award (1986)
Scientific career
Fields Accelerator physics
Institutions Brookhaven National Laboratory

Ernest Courant (March 26, 1920 – April 21, 2020) was a German-born American physicist. He was important for the creation of modern large-scale particle accelerator concepts.

His most notable discovery was his 1952 work with Milton S. Livingston and Hartland Snyder on the Strong focusing principle, a critical step in the development of modern particle accelerators like the synchrotron.

Courant was a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

He turned 100 in March 2020 and died the following month.

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