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Profile on Thomas J. Devlin

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Thomas Devlin was born in 1935 in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, the son of Thomas J. Devlin, Sr., and Anne Lyttle Devlin. His early education was at Immaculate Conception School in Jenkintown and LaSalle High School in Philadelphia. He received a B.A. in physics and mathematics from LaSalle College in 1957. At The University of California, Berkeley, he earned his M.A. (1959) and Ph.D. (1961) in physics under the direction of Burton J. Moyer. From 1962 to 1967, he served on the faculty at Princeton University. Since 1967, he has served on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey . In 1970-71, he was a guest scientist at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research. In 1980-81 and again during 1988-90, he was a visiting scientist at Fermilab.

Professor Devlin's research interests are experimental high energy physics - the study of the fundamental particles in nature. He has performed experiments at the Berkeley Bevatron and 184-inch cyclotron, at the Princeton-Pennsylvania Accelerator, the Alternating-Gradient Synchrotron at Brookhaven National Laboratory and at CERN. From 1974 to 1985 at Fermilab, he and his collaborators performed a series of experiments on the polarization and magnetic moments of hyperons.

In 1991, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. For this work, he and Professor Lee Pondrom of the University of Wisconsin shared the 1994 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize and The 2017 DPF Mentoring Award of The American Physical Society. Professor Devlin's for 1986-2005 research is centered on proton-antiproton annihilations at 1.8-Trillion Electron-Volts with CDF, the Collider Detector at Fermilab.

Professor Devlin changed from Astrophysics in 2005. He worked on the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT), the world's largest fully steerable single aperture antenna. He is working data analysis for polarization on about 50 galaxies.

Professor Devlin has taught a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level for students studying technical subjects such as physics, engineering, pre-med and biology. He has also taught Astronomy and Cosmology to non-science students. He taught Physics 418, Nuclear and Particle Physics. He was a lab in Radio Astronomy (2004-2007) using the radio telescope on the roof of Serin Laboratory. Sixteen graduate students have earned their doctorates under his supervision. He retired in 2007, he moved to then University of Pennsylvania.

He is married to Dr. Nancy Devlin, a psychologist, educator, author and columnist. They lived from 1967-2005 in North Brunswick, NJ, and moved to Philadelphia. They have three sons.

Paul Devlin is a producer, director and 5-time Emmy-winning and Independent Spirit Award nominee, editor for film and video. He has pursued parallel careers in independent filmmaking, network sports broadcasting, & entrepreneurship. He produced and directed SlamNation, (See NYTimes Review), Power Trip, The Front Man and a in production for a new movie.

Thomas Edward Devlin is an engineer and product designer whose companies are Bruxcare, Devlin Design, and Motolux.

Mark Devlin is an astrophysicist at the University of Pennsylvania, who is working on observations of the large-scale structure of the universe. He designs and builds sophisticated instrumentation and telescopes which he use to observe from high-altitude balloons in Antarctic BLAST; the high-plateaus of Chile Atacama Cosmolgy Telescope; a 90 GHz receiver for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's ; 100 meter Green Bank Telescope Green Bank Telescope; the Simons Observatory will add to these several new telescopes and new cameras with state of the art detector arrays. The result will set the stage for the next generation of CMB experiments, Simons Observatory.

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