Michael Riordan, along with Lillian Hoddeson, is the co-author of Crystal Fire: The Birth of the Information Age, which chronicles the history of the transistor. Calling on his background in both particle physics and writing, Riordan has authored (and edited) a number of science books, including The Hunting of the Quark: A True Story of Modern Physics, which won the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award.
Riordan earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees
from MIT, finishing up his Ph.D. in 1973. In addition to teaching
and doing research at a number of universities, he was Staff Scientist
and Assistant to the President of the Universities Research Association
from 1990 to 1991. Currently he is Assistant to the Director at
the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, and a researcher with the Santa
Cruz Institute for Particle Physics at the University of California
in Santa Cruz.
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