Title: Senior Physicist
Company: Brookhaven National Laboratory
Location: Upton, New York, United States
Michael J. Tannenbaum, PhD, Senior Physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of physics.
An esteemed figure in the field of physics, Dr. Tannenbaum has more than 50 years of professional excellence in his areas of expertise. A senior physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY, since 1980, he was formerly a group leader and deputy group leader of the BNL/PHENIX Group at the same institution from 1998 to 2008. He was a founding member of PHENIX, as well as the RHIC Spin Collaboration, leading to the discovery of the PHENIX electron and hard-scattering physics. In addition, he has participated in working groups, leading to the significant discoveries of light and heavy quark quenching. Prior to these engagements, Dr. Tannenbaum served abroad in Switzerland as a visiting scientist with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) from 1973 to 1984 and in 1991, when he discovered hard-scattering of quarks and gluons. He began his career as an assistant and associate professor at Harvard University from 1966 to 1971.
Alongside his professional endeavors, Dr. Tannenbaum most recently participated in the CERN Alumni Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, in February 2018. He has also traveled to France as a member of the scientific council of the Laboratory Leprince-Ringuet in the École Polytechnique from 2002 to 2005, and he was a member of the program advisory committee at Fermilab in Illinois from 1972 to 1975. He was chair of the distinguished lectureship committee at Brookhaven National Laboratory from 1993 to 1995.
To prepare for his acclaimed career, Dr. Tannenbaum first sought a formal education, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in physics, magna cum laude, at Columbia University in 1959. He followed this accomplishment with a Master of Arts in 1960 and a Doctor of Philosophy in physics in 1965 from the same academic institution. Subsequently, he completed postdoctoral coursework at CERN in 1965 and 1966. He has since become a fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the National Science Foundation, and he was awarded an Ernest Kempton Adams Fellowship.
Throughout his prolific career, Dr. Tannenbaum has served as author and coauthor of multiple articles in professional journals and chapters in books. Most recently, he authored “How Hadron Collider experiments contributed to the development of Quantum Chromodynamics: from Hard-Scattering to the Perfect Liquid” in the European Journal of Physics History in February 2018. He has also coauthored articles in such journals as the Journal of Nuclear Physics and the Journal of Physics Colloquium.
Seemingly destined to make important contributions to science from an early age, Dr. Tannenbaum first attended the Bronx High School of Science prior to attending Columbia University, where he learned how to ask questions to Nobel Prize-winning scientists and instructors. Married to Barbara C. Moshinsky since 1973, Dr. Tannenbaum is the proud father of two daughters, Nina and Lisa. He enjoys traveling and eating high quality food in his spare time. Notably, he was named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who’s Who in 2017.
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