North Central College - Naperville, IL

Keynote Speaker

Herman White Dr. Herman B. White Jr. Senior Scientist
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Senior Scientist Dr. Herman B. White Jr. of Naperville was honored by the American Physical Society (APS) for his work in the field of physics, his public service and his role in mentoring students and fellow scientists.

On February 14, he received the 2010 Edward A. Bouchet Award, which recognizes a distinguished minority physicist who has made significant contributions to physics research. The award citation read: For his contributions to KTeV experiments and the establishment of a new kind of interaction distinguishing matter from antimatter, as well as his outstanding public service and mentorship roles.

During his 36-year career at Fermilab, White has helped design, commission and analyze data from some of the world’s most well-known particle physics experiments. Early in his career, he contributed to the development of an empirical formula (Stefanski and White) widely used at that time in the calculation of neutrino f lux in high-energy particle interactions. (He is the first African-American in history to have a scientific equation that bears his name.) His work in high-energy physics has included a wide variety of experiments.

In addition to his Fermilab position, for the past 16 years he has served as an Illinois Research Corridor Fellow and adjunct professor of physics at North Central College where he is also vice chairman of the Board of Trustees. For many years, White has led communication efforts to bring a focus on physics and physical science research to Congress and governmental agencies, including service on advisory panels for the U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, NASA and The National Academies. He is a member of a number of other governing boards of directors.

White earned an A.B. degree in physics from Earlham College, an M.S. degree in nuclear and accelerator physics from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in elementary particle physics from Florida State University. He was a resident research associate in nuclear physics at Argonne National Laboratory (1971), an Alfred P. Sloan Travel Fellow at the CERN Laboratory (1972) and University Fellow at Yale from 1976 to 1978.