SLAC, 28 May 1997
The Society began with the aim of promoting public understanding of science and that aim continues with a broad range of services such as meetings, exhibits and scientific exchanges. The Society motto "Nullius in Verba" reflects the Society's philosophy that statements must be verified by facts. Taylor will travel to London in the near future for his induction, part of which requires that he sign the Society's membership book, which includes such famous names as Isaac Newton and Michael Faraday.
Taylor, a Canadian citizen, received his Ph.D. at Stanford in 1962 and was appointed to the faculty at SLAC, a national research facility funded by the United States Department of Energy, in 1968 where his research involved the internal structure of the proton and neutron. This work and other studies of electrons scattered from these objects suggested a substructure of much smaller particles, which came to be known as quarks. The 1990 Nobel Prize was jointly awarded to Taylor, J.F. Friedman, and H.W. Kendall for deep inelastic scattering. He continues research on electron scattering at DESY in Germany and with a group at Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire (LAL) in Orsay, France, as well as other activities conducted at SLAC.