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Homer A. Neal received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Indiana University and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan in 1966. From 1976 to 1981, Dr. Neal was dean for Research and Graduate Development at Indiana University. He served as vice president for Academic Affairs and Provost at Stony Brook from 1981 to 1986. From 1987 to 1993, Dr. Neal served as chair of the University of Michigan Physics Department and is now the Samuel A. Goudsmit Distinguished Professor of Physics, Interim President Emeritus, and Vice President for Research Emeritus at the University of Michigan. He serves on a number of boards, including Ford Motor Company and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Dr. Neal’s research group is currently part of the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. Group members played key roles in the recent discovery of the Higgs boson. Neal also participated in the DZERO collaboration that in 1995 announced the discovery of the top quark and in 2007/2008 announced the discovery of the Xi_b hyperon. Neal was the principal originator of both the DZERO and ATLAS groups at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Neal is a recipient of a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, the Stony Brook Medal, the APS Edward A. Bouchet Award, and the Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He holds honorary doctorates from Indiana University, Notre Dame University, and Michigan State University.