Honorary Degrees
1918 - Present

Murray  Gell-Mann 
Doctor of Science  1999
Status: conferred

Murray Gell-Mann, theoretical physicist and educator, has significantly broadened our view of the universe's inner workings with his contributions to modern science. Recipient of the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physics, Dr. Gell-Mann is one of the world's most creative scientists. His seminal work on creation and development of the eightfold-way theory of approximate symmetry, the theory of neutral K mesons, strangeness theory, the theory of weak interactions, and the quark model of elementary particle structure has reshaped the boundaries of science and humankind's perception of the universe. He also has profoundly affected U.S. science policy while serving as a member of the President's Science Advisory Committee, the NASA physics panel (1964-69), the Jason Steering Committee, Institute for Defense Analyses (1961-68), and as chairman of the Western Center of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. For his achievements advancing our understanding of the universe, Southern Methodist University is honored to confer upon Dr. Murray Gell-Mann the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.