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A sculpture honors the Nobel Prize winning neutrino research of the late Ray Davis at the former Homestake gold mine in Lead.
A sculpture honors the Nobel Prize winning neutrino research of the late Ray Davis at the former Homestake gold mine in Lead.
Black Hills Pioneer photo
September 7, 2015

Sculpture Honors Ray Davis Legacy at Sanford Lab

A new sculpture in Lead honors the legacy of the Nobel Prize winning physicist who advanced neutrino research with an experiment in the underground Homestake gold mine during the 1960s, reports the Black Hills Pioneer and the Sanford Lab website

With a large tank of chemicals installed in the 1960s, Ray Davis Jr. showed that the understanding of neutrinos at that time was not on point. His findings earned him the 2002 Nobel Prize for physics. That prize provided momentum to the idea that the recently shuttered gold mine be turned n into an underground science lab.

On Aug. 26, a sculpture by South Dakota Artist Laureate Dale Lamphere of Sturgis was dedicated. The Ray Davis Jr. Memorial, on the Sanford Lab Visitor Center near downtown Lead, features a tank support from Davis' experiment and includes a stainless steel ring that floats inside the support. 

Read more about the Sanford Lab on the Black Hills Knowledge Network

 

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