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Dr. Thomas Appelquist received his Phyics degree from Benedictine University, then the St. Procopius College, in 1963. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics from Cornell University in 1968. As the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics at Yale University, his research has focused on the theory of elementary particles. Among his contributions are his work predicting the existence of the J/Psi particle, the formulation of the decoupling theorem in quantum field theory, the study of quantum effects in Kaluza-Klein theories, the development of the electroweak chiral lagrangian, the proposal of walking technicolor theories, the idea of universal extra dimensions, and the study of conformal symmetry in gauge field theories using lattice simulations. He was also presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award at commencement in 2002.
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