Title: (1) Experimental Particle Physicist; (2) Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Company: University of California Riverside
Location: Naperville, Illinois, United States
Gail G. Hanson, PhD, Experimental Particle Physicist and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Riverside, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in particle physics and science education.
An accomplished physicist, Dr. Hanson served for 20 years as a professor at the University of California, Riverside. Since 2022, she has held the designation of distinguished professor emeritus. She has worked independently as an experimental particle physicist and contributes to Fermilab. In addition, Dr. Hanson was a professor at Indiana University Bloomington.
In preparation for her career, Dr. Hanson attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She earned a Bachelor of Science in physics in 1968 and a Doctor of Philosophy in physics in 1973. Throughout her career, Dr. Hanson’s specialty was building effectors that trapped particles. Currently, she is working on a tracking detector that will be deployed at the CERN accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland.
For her accomplishments, Dr. Hanson won the W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics from the American Physical Society in 1996. With expertise in experimental particle physics and experimental high-energy physics, she attributes her success to doing things herself. She enjoys her work and welcomes challenges. Dr. Hanson is a member of the American Physical Society’s Division of Particles and Fields. She is also a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Since her retirement as an educator, Dr. Hanson has been working on an experiment called the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment. In the coming years, she hopes to see her work on a silicone detector or upgraded particle accelerator come to fruition. In recognition of her continued excellence in her field, she has been nominated for a prize by the American Physical Society.
Contact Dr. Hanson: