Piermaria J. Oddone (Fermilab)

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Fermilab Director Pier Oddone was born in Peru and speaks fluent Spanish and Italian. He graduated from MIT and received a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at Cal Tech, Oddone moved to Berkeley, where he worked on experiments at Fermilab, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Oddone was director of the Physics Division at Berkeley Lab from 1987-91 and served as deputy director of LBNL for fifteen years. He became Director of Fermilab on July 1, 2005.

Dr. Oddone invented the Asymmetric B Factory, a new kind of elementary particle collider to study the differences between matter and antimatter. He worked in the development of the PEP II Asymmetric B-Factory at SLAC (a second one was built in Tsukuba, Japan) and the formation of the large international collaboration, BaBar, to exploit its physics opportunities. Together with the Belle detector in Japan, BaBar discovered the violation of matter-antimatter symmetry in the decay of particles containing the b quark. For his role in conceiving the asymmetric B factory, Oddone was awarded the 2005 W. K. H. Panofsky Prize in experimental particle physics by the American Physical Society.

Oddone's past community service includes the Stanford Linear Accelerator Policy Committee, the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP) and the KEK Experimental Advisory Committee in Japan. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. With his wife Barbara, he is proprietor of the Oddone Vineyard in California's Dry Creek Valley.

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