|Born||June 24, 1928|
|Died||August 15, 2000 72) (aged|
|Alma mater|| University of Utah |
University of California, Berkeley
|Known for||Co-discovery of the antiproton |
Developing the RICH detector
|Thesis||Experiments on polarization in nucleon-nucleon scattering at 310 MeV (1955)|
|Doctoral advisor||Emilio Segrè|
Thomas John Ypsilantis (Greek: Θωμάς Υψηλάντης; June 24, 1928 – August 15, 2000) was an American physicist of Greek descent. Ypsilantis was known for the co-discovery of the antiproton in 1955, along with Owen Chamberlain, Emilio Segrè, and Clyde Wiegand. Following this work, he moved to CERN to develop Cherenkov radiation detectors for use in particle physics.
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