Murray Gell-Mann, Nobel Prize in Physics and a fundamental figure in the creation of CAB, passes away


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Murray Gell-Mann, American physicist and Nobel Prize in Physics at 1969, he passed away this May 24 at 89 years of age.

Gell-Mann received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discoveries on elementary particles. He developed the theory of 'quarks', indivisible components of matter that form protons, neutrons and other subatomic particles. This theory was confirmed with later experiments and made these objects the basis of our physical understanding of the universe.

For the Center for Astrobiology, Gell-Mann is a of the fundamental figures of his history, since he participated actively in the foundation of the Center.