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Famed physicist Murray Gell-Mann dies in Santa Fe

Ari BurackMay 24, 2019

Renowned physicist and Nobel laureate Murray Gell-Mann died at his home in Santa Fe, a spokeswoman for the Santa Fe Institute, which Gell-Mann co-founded, said Friday.

Gell-Mann, who was 89, was found in his east-side home by a caretaker, according to a police report.

Gell-Mann received the Nobel Prize in 1969 for his work on the theory of elementary particles, and coined the term “quark.”

Santa Fe Institute spokesperson Jenna Marshall said Gell-Mann’s assistant confirmed he died peacefully.

The institute, a nonprofit research and education center exploring the science of complex systems, was founded in 1984.

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