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Helen Quinn concentrates her research on theoretical particle physics with a focus on phenomenology of the weak interactions; she also teaches extensively and is involved in outreach activities to encourage interest in the field of physics. Her work with colleague Robert Peccei resulted in what is now known as the Peccei-Quinn symmetry. Quinn started her college career at the University of Melbourne, Australia, under a full scholarship to study meteorology. Two years into her degree, she moved to the United States and joined the physics department of Stanford University. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Deutsche Elektronen-Synchrotron in Hamburg, Germany, she taught high school physics and then joined the staff and faculty of Harvard University. A few years later, she returned to Stanford to join the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. She has been there since 1977.
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Last Updated: 07-10-2015
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