Young-Kee Kim

University of Chicago
Particle physicist; Educator
Mathematical and Physical Sciences


Young-Kee Kim is the Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor of Physics and Chair of the Department of Physics at the University of Chicago, where she has taught since 2003. Prior to joining Chicago, Kim taught at the University of California, Berkeley from 1996 to 2002. She is a Fellow and governing Council member of the American Physical Society. Young-Kee Kim is a leader in particle physics. She made precision mass measurements of the top quark and W boson and the first direct top-quark lifetime measurement. She was co-leader of Fermilab's CDF Collaboration during a period of great scientific output. As Deputy Director of Fermilab, she had broad responsibilities including shaping the long-baseline neutrino program, the centerpiece of the domestic particle physics program. She served on numerous international committees and science councils. Her current research is on CERN’s ATLAS experiment. She works to advance the role of women and under-represented groups in physics. In 2005, Kim received South Korea's Ho-Am Science Prize for outstanding achievements in basic research. She is a co-founder of the Greater Chicago Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. Launched in 2007, this consortium helps “two-body” issues. In 2012, Kim helped organize “Expanding Your Horizons, Chicago” to inspire middle-school-age girls (especially from under- represented groups in Chicago) to recognize and pursue their potential in STEM via annual hands-on workshops with local scientists and engineers. She has given numerous presentations at conferences and workshops for promoting women and minorities in science. Kim also helped her institutions to sponsor the African School of Physics that teaches and promotes physics in African countries. 

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