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Ketevi Assamagan

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gray
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/12/1963
Birth Location:
Gabon,

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gray
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/12/1963
Birth Location:
Gabon
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Biography

Physicist Ketevi Adikle Assamagan was born in Port-Gentil, Gabon on March 12th, 1963. After raduating from high school, Assamagan attended the University of Benin in Togo, West Africa, and earned his B.S. degree in 1985. Assamagan was then awarded a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) grant award to purse higher education in the United States. He went on to graduate from Ball State University in 1989 with his M.S. degree in theoretical condensed matter physics and his Ph.D. degree in nuclear and particle physics from the University of Virginia in 1995.

After earning his Ph.D. degree, Assamagan became a postdoctoral research associate in the Jefferson Lab at Hampton University. There, he worked on a project called the spectrometer wire chamber, which helped gather information about light. Assamagan developed a system for the rotation and angular position of the spectrometer, which contributed to its data collection of certain properties of light. Assamagan remained at Hampton until 1998, when he took a position as a research associate at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. From 1998 to 2001, Assamagan worked with CERN's particle accelerator to find the Higgs Boson, a large elementary particle whose existence has not yet been proven. It is thought to play a role in how other elementary particles get their masses. In 2001, Assamagan was hired by the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory where he works on a physics project called the ATLAS Project. In addition to his research in particle physics, Assamagan has also supervised and mentored both graduate and undergraduate students. Additionally, he helped to organize the African School of Fundamental Physics, an educational workshop funded in part by Brookhaven National Laboratory. The workshop is intended to give students around the world and in Africa the resources and support that they need to be internationally competitive physicists.

Assamagan is a member of the American Physics Society, the National Society of Black Physicist, and the African Physical Society. He is a recipient of the Brookhaven National Laboratory Outstanding Student Mentoring Award.

Assamagan lives and works in New York.

Physicist Ketevi Assamagan was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 10, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ketevi Assamagan's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ketevi Assamagan lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ketevi Assamagan describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ketevi Assamagan describes the family life of the Fon tribe
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ketevi Assamagan describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about the slave trade in the Kingdom of Dahomey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about his paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about his paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ketevi Assamagan shares a West African parable
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about his father's occupation as an auto mechanic
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about how his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ketevi Assamagan describes the religion of the Fon
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ketevi Assamagan compares Catholicism and the Fon religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ketevi Assamagan describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ketevi Assamagan describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ketevi Assamagan describes his childhood neighborhood in Togo
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about music in Togo
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ketevi Assamagan describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about his primary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about living with his grandparents during primary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ketevi Assamagan describes his primary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ketevi Assamagan describes his experience in primary school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about living in Aneho, Togo for middle school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about the difficulty of obtaining education in Togo
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about his middle school education and Gnassingbe Eyadema
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about his mentors in middle school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about his high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ketevi Assamagan describes his mentors in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about being left-handed in Togo
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ketevi Assamagan describes graduating from high school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about paying for his university education pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about paying for his university education pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about his time at the University of Benin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about the lack of instruments and facilities at the University of Benin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ketevi Assamagan describes his extracurricular activities at the University of Benin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about receiving a scholarship to attend graduate school in the United States
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ketevi Assamagan describes his transition from Togo to Ball State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ketevi Assamagan describes his time at Ball State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ketevi Assamagan describes his extracurricular activities at Ball State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about the transition from Ball State University to the University of Virginia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ketevi Assamagan describes his time at the University of Virginia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ketevi Assamagan describes his doctoral dissertation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ketevi Assamagan describes his time as a post-doctoral fellow at Hampton University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Ketevi Assamagan describes his research at Hampton University and the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Ketevi Assamagan describes the Higgs boson pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about the Higgs boson pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Ketevi Assamagan describes how an accelerator works pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Ketevi Assamagan describes how an accelerator works pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Ketevi Assamagan describes how an accelerator works pt. 3
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about his work on the muon spectrometer
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Ketevi Assamagan describes his positions in the ATLAS project
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Ketevi Assamagan describes the pile-up problem in particle accelerators
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Ketevi Assamagan describes being the Higgs Working Group Convener for ATLAS
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about his involvement in scientific collaborations
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Ketevi Assamagan describes teaching in South Africa
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about the discovery of a Higgs-like particle pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about the discovery of a Higgs-like particle pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about the Large Hadron Collider pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about the Large Hadron Collider pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about the research of the ATLAS project pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about the research of the ATLAS project pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Ketevi Assamagan reflects on his life
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Ketevi Assamagan describes his involvement in mentoring students
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Ketevi Assamagan reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about his family
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Ketevi Assamagan describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Ketevi Assamagan talks about how he would like to be remembered