note: today i am beginning a new recurring theme here at the unlikely orange, in which i will occasionally offer a random person a happy birthday. i will scour the internets for someone you may not have heard of who is celebrating a birthday that day, and tell you a little about them. its just for fun, so don't be so serious about it. but it is also to meet some new people, to discover even more of the width and breadth of this breathtaking world and its stunning diversity.
happy birthday, val logsdon fitch.
you were born in nebraska on a cattle ranch on march 10, 1923. you served our country in world war II, learning a great deal about experimental physics at the time. in 1964 you and your partner jim cronin discovered what you called cp violation (charge parity violation), for which you and jim won the nobel prize in 1980, and which continues to help astronomers and physicists understand the dominance of matter over antimatter in the universe, among other things.
also, you name is val. which reminds me of this guy,
who played a really awful batman, so, in the battle of the val's, i'm giving the nod to you, mr. nobel-prize winning physicist. thank you for helping other particle physicists better understand weak interactions. also, you worked in princeton, nj, which is one of my favorite towns in the world.
so happy 91st, birthday, sir. i hope you don't have any weak interactions trying to blow out those 91 candles.