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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Nuclear Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Salmon
Favorite Food:
Sea Bass (Mediterranean)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Town, South Africa
Favorite Quote:
Stay yourself.

Birthplace

Born:
10/20/1949
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Nuclear Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Salmon
Favorite Food:
Sea Bass (Mediterranean)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Town, South Africa
Favorite Quote:
Stay yourself.

Birthplace

Born:
10/20/1949
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

Research physicist and physics professor Sekazi K. Mtingwa was born on October 20, 1949 in Atlanta, Georgia. After receiving his B.S. degrees in physics and pure mathematics (Phi Beta Kappa) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1971, Mtingwa enrolled at Princeton University and graduated from there with his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in theoretical high energy physics in 1976. Mtingwa was awarded doctoral fellowships from the National Fellowships Fund and the Ford Foundation. Upon graduation, he was awarded post-doctoral fellowships and research assistantships at the University of Rochester, the University of Maryland at College Park, and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab).

In 1981, Mtingwa joined Fermilab as a research physicist where he, along with James Bjorken, developed a theory of particle beam dynamics, “intrabeam scattering,” which standardized the performance limitations on a wide class of modern accelerators. Mtingwa also played an important role in the design and construction of two of the Antiproton Source accelerator systems at Fermilab that were used in the discovery of the top quark and other particles. During 1988-1991, Mtingwa joined the staff of Argonne National Laboratory where he performed research on a futuristic accelerator concept called wakefield acceleration. In 1991, Mtingwa joined the faculty at North Carolina A & T State University as Chair and Professor of physics. Mtingwa was named J. Ernest Wilkins, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Physics at Morgan State University in 1997 and then returned to North Carolina A & T State University in 1999. He served as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor of Physics at MIT from 2001 to 2003. He joined the faculty at Harvard University in 2003, where he served as Visiting Professor of Physics for two years. Returning to MIT in 2006, Mtingwa was named Lead Physics Lecturer in the Concourse Program in the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education. He was also appointed as the Faculty Director of Academic Programs in the Office of Minority Education. In 2011, he became Principal Partner of Triangle Science, Education & Economic Development, LLC and he was appointed Senior Physics Consultant at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

In addition to his research activities, Mtingwa is involved in a number of national and international initiatives. He is a founder of the African Laser Centre (ALC) and was the principal author of the Strategy and Business Plan upon which the ALC is based. In 1977, Mtingwa was a co-founder of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) and served as NSBP President from 1992 to 1994.

Mtingwa has been recognized by national and international organizations for his contributions to science. In 1996, he received the Outstanding Service Award for Contributions to the African American Physics Community from the National Society of Black Physicists. The National Council of Ghanaian Associations honored Mtingwa with the Science Education Award in 2007 for advancing science education among African peoples. Mtingwa was inducted into the African American Biographies Hall of Fame in 1994, and he was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2008.

Sekazi Mtingwa is married to W. Estella Johnson; they have two daughters.

Research physicist and physics professor Sekazi K. Mtingwa was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 6, 2013.

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  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sekazi Mtingwa describes when he first decided to become a physicist
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about his high school extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about his high school mentors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about transitioning from high school to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about the formation of the black student union at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about the black student union at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about why he chose physics as his field
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about his mentors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about Alexander Pushkin pt. 1
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about his time at Princeton University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sekazi Mtingwa describes his doctoral dissertation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about changing his name
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sekazi Mtingwa describes assisting in the establishment of a university in Tanzania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sekazi Mtingwa describes what he did after receiving his doctoral degree from Princeton University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about his work at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sekazi Mtingwa explains the Higgs boson, dark matter, and dark energy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sekazi Mtingwa describes his involvement in the Harold Washington Campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sekazi Mtingwa describes why he joined the group at Argonne National Laboratory
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about being featured in several magazines
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sekazi Mtingwa describes his involvement in various African organizations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sekazi Mtingwa describes his physics research as an exchange scholar in the Soviet Union
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about racial prejudice in the field of physics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about the International Linear Collider
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sekazi Mtingwa describes his time as the Chair of the Physics Department at North Carolina A & T University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sekazi Mtingwa describes his involvement in the African Laser Centre
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sekazi Mtingwa describes how the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has changed since he was a student
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about visiting Russia for a nuclear waste disposal examination
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sekazi Mtingwa reflects on his awards and recognitions
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sekazi Mtingwa describes his study 'Readiness of the U.S. Nuclear Workforce for Twenty-first Century Problems'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about his involvement in President Barack Obama's campaigns
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about being the chair of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Study
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Sekazi Mtingwa describes his visit to Tanzania
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Sekazi Mtingwa describes his involvement with organization that provide access to scientific instruments
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Sekazi Mtingwa describes his involvement in the African Physical Society
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about his work on textbooks
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Sekazi Mtingwa describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Sekazi Mtingwa reflects on his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Sekazi Mtingwa reflects on his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Sekazi Mtingwa talks about how he would like to be remembered