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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.

Marvin Goldberger's Timeline
1922 Oct 22nd Born in Chicago, IL.
1943 Received a B.S. in physics from Carnegie Mellon University.
19431945 Worked on the Manhattan Project at the Chicago Met Lab as a member of the SED.
1948 Received Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
19781987 Served as President of CalTech.
19871991 Served as Director of the Institute for Advanced Study.
2014 Nov 11th Died in La Jolla, CA.

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