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Serving on presidential advisory Committees


Other work with the MacArthur Foundation
Murray Gell-Mann Scientist
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I'm still interested in preserving some of the research relevant… the creation of research networks doing scientific research on topics relevant to mental health. I still think that's important and we should do it. I'm trying to revive some of it. I've been involved very much with the peace and international co-operation program. And now, somewhat in the spirit of the kind of integration that I've been discussing, the Foundation has put together these programs so that the population program in developing countries, the conservation and sustainable development program in tropical countries, and the world peace and international co-operation program have all been merged together in a program called Global… Global something or other and Sustainability… let me see what it's called... Global Security! Global Security and Sustainability. It was a fight for a while to preserve the individual programs within the integrated one, because I didn't think that, several of us didn't think that just a… a fully integrated mass would be the… the best way to do things, but now I think it's structured pretty well. There are the three individual programs and then a lot of cross-cutting initiatives as well, and I think that's pretty good.

New York-born physicist Murray Gell-Mann (1929-2019) was known for his creation of the eightfold way, an ordering system for subatomic particles, comparable to the periodic table. His discovery of the omega-minus particle filled a gap in the system, brought the theory wide acceptance and led to Gell-Mann's winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1969.

Listeners: Geoffrey West

Geoffrey West is a Staff Member, Fellow, and Program Manager for High Energy Physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is also a member of The Santa Fe Institute. He is a native of England and was educated at Cambridge University (B.A. 1961). He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1966 followed by post-doctoral appointments at Cornell and Harvard Universities. He returned to Stanford as a faculty member in 1970. He left to build and lead the Theoretical High Energy Physics Group at Los Alamos. He has numerous scientific publications including the editing of three books. His primary interest has been in fundamental questions in Physics, especially those concerning the elementary particles and their interactions. His long-term fascination in general scaling phenomena grew out of his work on scaling in quantum chromodynamics and the unification of all forces of nature. In 1996 this evolved into the highly productive collaboration with James Brown and Brian Enquist on the origin of allometric scaling laws in biology and the development of realistic quantitative models that analyse the influence of size on the structural and functional design of organisms.

Tags: MacArthur Foundation, Global Security and Sustainability

Duration: 1 minute, 29 seconds

Date story recorded: October 1997

Date story went live: 29 September 2010