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Physicist Murray Gell-Mann dies at 89

The Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, who changed physics with his phenomenal ability to find hidden patterns among the tiny particles that make up the universe, brought order to the universe by helping discover and classify subatomic particles died on Friday, May 24 at the age of 89.

Jenna Marshall, a spokeswoman for the Santa Fe Institute confirmed his death news that Gell-Mann died at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Santa Fe Institute, where Gell-Mann held the title of distinguished fellow, and the California Institute of Technology, also he taught for decades there.

Gell-Mann named his method of sorting subatomic particles into simple groups of eight, based on electric charge, spin and other characteristics “eightfold way”.

Experiments confirmed the existence of the particles, which are a continuing subject of study by physicists including those at the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful proton smasher straddling the French-Swiss border.

“Dr Gell-Mann had this clear vision and penetrating insight to look through the large amounts of data that were coming from experiments and make sense of it,” said a professor and director of the school’s Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics, Hirosi Ooguri.

As per the Caltech explanation, He is survived by his children, Nicholas Gell-Mann and Elizabeth Gell-Mann, and stepson Nicholas Southwick Levis.

The cause of the physicist’s death is still not disclosed.

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