Jerome I. Friedman


Jerome Isaac Friedman is an American physicist. He is a Professor of Statistics at Stanford University.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, to parents who emigrated to the US from Russia, and excelled particularly in art while growing up. He became interested in physics after reading a book on relativity written by Albert Einstein, and as a result he turned down a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago to study physics at the University of Chicago. While there he worked under Enrico Fermi, and eventually received his Ph.D. in physics in 1956. In 1960 he joined the physics faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 1968-1969, commuting between MIT and California, he conducted experiments with Henry W. Kendall and Richard E. Taylor at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center which gave the first experimental evidence that protons have an internal structure, later known to be quarks. For this, Friedman, Kendall and Taylor shared the 1990 Nobel Prize in Physics. He is an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prof. Friedman is a member of the Board of Sponsors of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

In 2008, Friedman received an honorary PhD from University of Belgrade (Belgrade, Serbia). He is honorary professor at the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Physics and Faculty’s world famous institutes: Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Institute of Physics Zemun and Vinca Nuclear Institute.

In 2003 he was one of 21 Nobel Laureates who signed the Humanist Manifesto.