Elementary particles: the fundamental building blocks of nature

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Searching for the indivisible

Particle physicist Richard Keeler explores the science of the continuing search for the “fundamental elements” of the universe. It was once thought that the atom was indivisible…until it was discovered that the atom could be divided into electrons and nuclei, then into neutrons and protons and other subatomic particles. Quarks and leptons are the newest fundamental particles and along with four fundamental forces, this theory is now known as the “Standard Model.”

About Richard Keeler

Richard Keeler

Born in Montréal, Richard Keeler attended H.S. Billings School where he became interested in physics. After studying physics at McGill, he did a PhD at UBC working at the TRIUMF laboratory. A postdoctoral fellowship took him to Queen Mary University London where he was immediately sent to work at the CERN laboratory in Geneva. The discovery of the W, Z particles by their experiment led to a Nobel prize for the spokesperson and led Keeler to a University Research Fellowship and assistant professor position at UVic. He has continued doing research at CERN, most recently on the ATLAS experiment.