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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/9/1957
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/9/1957
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

Research physicist and professor Larry Donnie Gladney was born on August 9, 1957, in Cleveland, Mississippi, to Annie Lee Gladney and Lucius Green Walker. Raised by his mother in East St. Louis, Illinois, Gladney attended Alta Sita Elementary School, Clarke Junior High School, and graduated third in his class from East St. Louis High School in 1975. Keenly interested in the nature of matter, Gladney earned his B.A. degree in physics from Northwestern University in 1979, and went on to Stanford University to earn his M.S. degree, then his Ph.D. in physics in 1985. Gladney pursued post-doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania from 1985 to 1988.

Gladney, teaching and conducting research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Physics in 1988, developed the third-level tau lepton triggers for the Collider Detector at Fermilab. From 1989 to 1994, Gladney served as a Presidential Young Investigator for the National Science Foundation. He was awarded a Lilly Teaching Fellowship in 1990, and by 1992 Gladney made the first observation of an exclusive B meson decay in the hadron collider environment. In 1997, Gladney received the coveted Edward A. Bouchet Award from the American Physical Society, and the Martin Luther King, Jr., Lecturer Award from Wayne State University. By 2000, Gladney had been selected as the American representative to the Computing Coordinating Group for BaBar; he was then selected to head the Level 3 Trigger effort for the BaBar experiment at the SLAC PEP-II Collider. Gladney, from 2003 to 2004, was a visiting scholar at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Gladney served as a member of the U.S. Army Science Advisory Board from 1997 to 2002. Gladney also served as a member of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel for the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2001, and other NSF and Department of Energy committees over the years, including Quarknet. Gladney later served as a member of the Advisory and Review Committee for the Origin and Structure of Matter project of the NSF.

Interested in the success of young people, Gladney was the recipient of the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Black Graduate Professional Students’ Association at the University of Pennsylvania. Gladney was also an occasional lecturer on the subject of seeing and researching dark energy, and in 2006 appeared on a program entitled The Three Cosmic Tenors: Exploring the Frontiers of Matter, Energy, Space and Time with other black physicists, James Gates and Herman B. White, Jr.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Larry Gladney talks about his mother and the lack of a Civil Rights movement in Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Larry Gladney describes his mother as a single parent and her compassion for others
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Larry Gladney talks about his mother's youth and her growing up in Mississippi
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Larry Gladney describes his father as a Mama's Boy
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Larry Gladney describes growing up in East St. Louis
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Larry Gladney discusses the Buckminster Fuller Plan [an architectural design, part of The Old Man River's City project in 1971] in East St. Louis
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Larry Gladney recounts the unpleasantness of his elementary school teachers
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Larry Gladney talks about the schools on the northside and taking upper level classes with a small group
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Larry Gladney talks about going to college and the identity of black college students
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Larry Gladney talks about how he became hooked on science
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Larry Gladney talks about why he chose Northwestern University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Larry Gladney talks about his perseverance in the lab at Northwestern
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Larry Gladney remembers his mentors in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Larry Gladney talks about being the president of his fraternity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Larry Gladney talks about graduating from Northwestern University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Larry Gladney discusses choosing a graduate school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Larry Gladney talks about his negative experiences at Stanford University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Larry Gladney describes his graduate school mentors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Larry Gladney talks about the role of black identity with success in the STEM professions
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Larry Gladney talks about his doctoral dissertation on charm quarks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Larry Gladney talks about Condolleeza Rice at Stanford University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Larry Gladney describes the culture and ethics of physicists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Larry Crowe comments on the Manhattan Project
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Larry Gladney talks about the mindset of particle physicists
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  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Larry Gladney talks about his post-doctoral work
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Larry Gladney explains perceptions of racism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Larry Gladney describes his two major fields of research
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Larry Gladney talks about antimatter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Larry Gladney describes his approach to presenting his work before a lay audience
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Larry Gladney talks about dark energy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Larry Gladney describes The Three Cosmic Tenors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Larry Gladney discusses the role of the National Society of Black Physicists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Larry Gladney talks about attending scientific conferences
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Larry Gladney responds to a question on what he might have done differently
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  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Larry Gladney comments on his legacy
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