Melvin Schwartz becomes Associate Director of High Energy and Nuclear Physics at Brookhaven National Laboratory leading the research made with the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC).
Along with Columbia researchers Lederman and Steinberger, Schwartz makes the discovery of the muon neutrino at the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron at Brookhaven Laboratory. The experiment uses the first ever neutrino beams elaborating Schwartz's 1960 proposal and paves the ways for the employment of these beams in further experiments. On June 15 the results are submitted to Physical Review Letters.
Melvin Schwartz returns to his Alma Mater and becomes I. I. Rabi Professor of Physics from 1994 to 2000, when he retires as Rabi Professor Emeritus.
Melvin Schwartz attends the Bronx High School of Science. His interest in physics begins as soon as he enters this school at the age of 12. The four years he spends at this outstanding school are very stimulating, mostly because of the interaction with other students with similar background, interest and ability.
In 1958, Melvin Schwartz becomes Assistant Professor at Columbia University. He is promoted to Associate Professor in 1960 and full professor in 1963.
While finishing his PhD thesis, Melvin Schwartz works as a research scientist at the Brookhaven National Laboratories from 1956 to 1958.
Melvin Schwartz marries Marilyn , whom he has met when he is 16 at a camp run by the Labor Zionist Youth Organization.
Melvin Schwartz submits a one-page paper to Physical Review Letters. In this paper, Schwartz proposes the mechanism for producing high-energy neutrino beams at the new accelerators under construction following an initial suggestion of T.D. Lee.
Melvin Schwartz spends his retirement years in Ketchum, Idaho.
In 1966, after 17 years at Columbia, Melvin Schwartz moves to Stanford University, where the SLAC, a new accelerator, is being completed. There, he is involved in research investigating the charge asymmetry in the decay of long-lived neutral kaons and another project which produces and detects relativistic hydrogen-like atoms made up of a pion and a muon.
Melvin Schwartz collaborates with the team of researchers working under J. Steinberger to the first bubble chamber experiments at the Brookhaven National Laboratories. During this period, the group discovers the Σ0 hyperon, observes parity violation in Λ-decay, finds the properties of strange particles, and observes the parity of the π0 meson.
Melvin Schwartz is born in New York City during the Great Depression. His parents work very hard to insure economic stability.
Melvin Schwartz dies on August 28, 2006, at Twin Falls, Idaho, nursing home after struggling with Parkinson's disease and hepatitis C.
Melvin Schwartz, along with Leon Lederman and Jack Steinberger is awarded one third of the Nobel Prize in Physics "for the neutrino beam method and the demonstration of the doublet structure of the leptons through the discovery of the muon neutrino."
Bored by the increasing bureaucracy in the High Energy facilities, in the 1970s, Melvin Schwartz funds, with Leon Birkwood, Digital Pathways, a company devoted to computer security in Mountain View, California. In 1983, Schwartz leaves the SLAC to dedicate full time to the firm, of which he is also president until 1990. He remains on the executive board afterwards, but in 1993 the company is sold.
Melvin Schwartz enrolls at the Physics Department of the Columbia University, New York City, headed by Isidor Rabi. There, Schwartz takes his Bachelor's degree in 1953.
Melvin Schwartz continues his graduate studies at Columbia University where he earns his PhD in physics in 1958. At the time, the Physics Department of Columbia University is a lively environment. Several American and European physicists work there and collaborate to the evolution of experimental and theoretical physics. There, Schwartz meets the theoretical physicist T. D. Lee, and the experimental physicists J. Steinberger and L. Lederman with whom he will share the Nobel Prize.