Marvin “Murph” Goldberger (1922-2014) was an American physicist who became President of CalTech and Director of the Institute for Advanced Study.
Goldberger’s academic career began in 1943 when he received a B.S. in physics from Carnegie Mellon. A member of the Army Special Engineer Detachment (SED,) he ended up at the Metallurgical Lab at the University of Chicago soon after. He spent two years working at the Met Lab as part of the Manhattan Project.
After working at the Met Lab under Enrico Fermi and Edward Teller, Goldberger received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1948. He became a stalwart in the American physics community for the remainder of the twentieth century.