Kenneth Wilson dies at 77; physicist won Nobel Prize

June 21, 2013 7:05 AM

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Kenneth Wilson dies at 77; physicist won Nobel Prize

Kenneth Wilson's breakthrough research, which the Nobel Prize committee called 'ingenious,' had broad applications in physics.

Physicist Kenneth G. Wilson, who earned a Nobel Prize for breakthrough research that explained how factors like temperature and pressure lead to sudden transformations of matter, such as boiling water's shift from liquid to vapor, died Saturday in Saco, Maine. He was 77.

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