Harvey Newman received his Sc. D degree from MIT in 1974, and has been a member of the Caltech faculty since 1982. His career has focused on searches for new particles and new forces of nature at particle colliders at the highest available energies over the last 45 years at Harvard, DESY in Hamburg and CERN in Geneva. In 1978-1982 he co-led
the MARK J collaboration at DESY that discovered the gluon, the carrier of the strong force. A theme of his experiments has been precision measurements of electrons, photons and muons which have often been the keys to particle physics discoveries. Since 1994 he and his high energy physics group at Caltech have had central roles in the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, that has discovered a new particle that may be the Higgs boson thought to be responsible for mass in the universe. The group continues to study the properties of the new particle and is also searching for graviton decays signaling the existence of extra dimensions of space, and supersymmetry as well as many other exotic forms of new physics. He also leads the MINOS and NOvA teams at Caltech studying neutrino oscillations.
Newman currently serves as the Chair of the US LHC Users organization of 980 physicists, engineers and students from 100 US universities and laboratories, and is the Past Chair of the American Physical Society Forum on International Physics. In addition to his roles in physics discoveries, Newman has had leading roles in the strategic planning, development, and operation of international networks and collaborative systems serving the High Energy Physics and other scientific communities since 1982, and the creation of the worldwide computing grid used by the LHC experiments since 1999. He has led the science and engineering teams that have established more than a dozen Internet2 Land Speed Records in addition to several SuperComputing Bandwidth Challenge Awards since 2002, including 2011 records for long
range data transfers of 186 Gigabits/sec. He has represented the LHC and the science research community on Internet2’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee and its Architecture and Operations Advisory Council.
As Chair of the Standing Committee on Inter-regional Connectivity of the International Committee on Future Accelerators, Newman has worked to foster greater equality of access to data and knowledge in developing countries, through the development of state of the art network and grid infrastructures as well as the tools his group has
developed to exploit them most effectively. As a result of this work he was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa degrees by the Politechnica University in Bucharest, Romania, and Pavel Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia in 2007, and the José Bonifacio medal of the State University of Rio de Janeiro in 2009.