Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Professor George Gollin grew up in Freeport, New York. He attended Harvard University as an undergraduate, receiving an AB in physics in 1975, and then Princeton University as a graduate student, earning a PhD in 1981. After a period as a Robert R. McCormick postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, he returned to Princeton as an assistant professor in 1983. Professor Gollin moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an associate professor in 1989, becoming a full professor in 1996.
Professor Gollin's research in experimental elementary particle physics has included participation in experiments at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (near Chicago), the Cornell Electron Storage Ring, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (known by its French acronym, CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland). His scientific interests tend to focus on questions concerning the structure and origins of the equations describing the interactions between matter and energy, as well as the fundamental nature of space and time at very small distance scales. He is presently involved in efforts to design the International Linear Collider, a very large electron-positron accelerator that will provide insight into the origins of particle masses and the differences between the nuclear and electromagnetic forces.