Harvey Newman

Candidate for Councilor

Short biography

Harvey NewmanHarvey Newman (Sc. D, MIT 1974), Professor of Physics, has been a Caltech faculty member since 1982, and is a Fellow of the APS. He co-led the MARK J Collaboration that discovered the gluon at the DESY laboratory in Hamburg in 1979, and is a member of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Collaboration that discovered a Higgs boson in July of 2012. His current activities include studies of the new particle's properties and searches for additional Higgs particles, supersymmetry, evidence for extra spatial dimensions, and other exotic new particles with the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). He has also worked on measurements of neutrino oscillations with the MINOS and NOvA experiments at Fermilab. In addition to his roles in physics discoveries over the last 40 years, Newman has developed several of the key concepts in particle detector systems, ranging from large scale muon systems to precision crystal electromagnetic calorimeters. Newman was Chair of the Collaboration Board of the U.S. contingent of CMS in 1998-2008. He served on the chair line of the APS Forum on International Physics in 2008-11, and as a member of the Committee on International Scientific Affiars. He now chairs the US LHC Users Organization.

Newman also has had a leading role in originating, developing and operating state of the art networks and collaborative systems serving the high energy and nuclear physics communities since 1982, and he originated the worldwide Computing Model used by the LHC experiments in 1996-2000. He served on the Technical Advisory Group that led for the NSFNet in 1986, and now represents the science research community as a member of the Internet2 Network Architecture Operations and Policy Group. As Chair of the ICFA Standing Committee on Inter-regional Connectivity since 2002, he has worked to foster greater equality among scientists through the development and deployment of modern network and computing grid infrastructures in many countries including Brazil, Mexico, Pakistan, India, Romania, Slovakia and China. He was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa degrees by the Politechnica University in Bucharest, Romania, and the Pavel Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia in 2007, and the “Jose Bonifacio” medal of the State University of Rio de Janeiro in 2009.

Candidate Statement

It has been a privilege to work with the Forum on International Physics as a former Chair, and I am honored to be nominated for FIP Councillor. The global character of physics is recognized throughout the APS, with one third of its members residing or working outside of the U.S., and is woven as a central theme in the Society's Strategic Plan. FIP's work in partnership with the APS Office of International Affairs has been at the center of this ongoing transformation, and a focus of my work during a decade as Chair of the US CMS Collaboration Board, as well as my ongoing efforts as Chair of the US LHC Users Organization for the past five years, and as Chair of the ICFA Standing Committee on Inter-regional Connectivity working globally on Digital Divide issues since 2002.

If elected as FIP Councillor I would devote much of energy to ensure robust support of the Society's excellent programs, and help develop new initiatives where needed in several areas: facilitating and promoting programs that foster international collaboration; providing special opportunities for young physicists both in the U.S. and abroad, as in the Distinguished Student Seminar Series I proposed to FIP; working to defend support for pure and applied physics research in developing countries; promoting open access to information and equality of access to education; and defending the basic human rights and freedoms that enable global scientific as well as economic progress.

I have also had the privilege of educating and working with many of the best young physicists in our field for the last 30 years, and to form a group at Caltech that has had a central role in some of the major discoveries, from the gluon in the 1980's to the Higgs boson in the past year. As Councillor, this background and my work with physicists throughout the world would provide a strong foundation for my helping the Society to extend the opportunities to engage in high quality research to physicists in all world regions.