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Simon Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Kathy Svitil
The mathematics and theoretical physics professor has been awarded the 2016 Leroy Steele Prize by the American Mathematical Society.
Barry Simon

Two Caltech Alumni Receive Breakthrough Prize

Lori Dajose
Two Caltech alumni, Arthur McDonald (PhD '70) and Ian Agol (BS '92), have been named recipients of 2016 Breakthrough Prize awards.

Celebrating 50 Years of Infrared Astronomy

Douglas Smith
Fifty years ago, Caltech and its self-styled Infrared Army of experimental physicists and astronomers helped to found the discipline of infrared astronomy.

Elachi to Retire as JPL Director

Charles Elachi has announced his intention to retire as director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on June 30, 2016 and move to campus as professor emeritus. A national search is underway to identify his successor.

JPL News: Black Hole Has Major Flare

Two space telescopes have caught a supermassive black hole in the midst of a giant eruption of X-ray light.

Probing the Mysteries of Europa, Jupiter's Cracked and Crinkled Moon

Rod Pyle
Using data from the W. M. Keck Observatory's OSIRIS spectrometer and maps from NASA's Galileo probe, researchers have mapped what may be salt deposits from the ocean below the ice onto the Jovian moon's surface.
Europa, as imaged by NASA's Galileo spacecraft.

Caltech Physicists Uncover Novel Phase of Matter

Kimm Fesenmaier
It is not a conventional metal, insulator, or magnet. It is something entirely different and could hold the solution to a long-standing mystery related to high-temperature superconductivity.

Astronomers Peer Inside Stars, Finding Giant Magnets

Ker Than
Astronomers have for the first time probed the magnetic fields in the mysterious inner regions of stars, finding they are strongly magnetized.

Feynman's Nobel Year

Douglas Smith
Fifty years ago on October 21, 1965, Caltech's Richard Feynman shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga. The three independently brokered workable marriages between 20th-century quantum mechanics and 19th-century electromagnetic field theory.
Richard Feynman

Cassini Begins Its Final Act: A Conversation with Charles Elachi

Ramanuj Basu
In September, the NASA/JPL Cassini mission began the last two years of the Solstice Mission. We recently spoke with JPL director Charles Elachi to gain his unique perspective on Cassini's achievements—and what will come next.