Don Lincoln, PhD

Senior Scientist

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

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  • 1993:  PhD, Physics
    Rice University
  • 1989:  MA, Physics
    Rice University, Houston, TX
  • 1986:  BS, Physics
    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology,  Terre Haute, IN
  • 1986:  BS, Mathematics
    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology,  Terre Haute, IN

Current Academic Appointments

  • 2010 - Present: Scientist II
    Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL
  • 2010 - Present: Adjunct Professor
    Department of Physics, University of Notre Dame, IN

Recent Publications


  • The Large Hadron Collider:  The Extraordinary Story of the Higgs Boson and Other Things that Will Blow your Mind. Johns Hopkins University, To be published Sept. 2014
  • Alien Universe: Extraterrestrials in our Minds and in the Cosmos. Johns Hopkins University, Sept. 2013
  • The Quantum Frontier: The Large Hadron Collider. Johns Hopkins University, Feb. 2009
  • Understanding the Universe: From Quarks to the Cosmos. World Scientific, May 2004. (Revised March 2012)


  • Extra Dimensions of Space. The Physics Teacher, Vol. 51, 334 – 338; September 2013.
  • Beyond the God Particle. Scientific American, Vol 309(2), 12; August 2013.
  • Dark Matter. The Physics Teacher, Vol. 51, 134 – 138; March 2013.
  • The Inner Life of Quarks. Scientific American, Vol 307(5), 36 – 43; November 2012.
  • The Large Hadron Collider: A New Era. Analog: Science Fiction and Fact, Jul/Aug 2009.

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Don Lincoln received his PhD in experimental particle physics from Rice University, and he is now a senior physicist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He splits his research time studying data from the Fermilab Tevatron and from the CERN Large Hadron Collider, located outside Geneva, Switzerland. He is co-author of over 500 scientific publications on a variety of subjects from microscopic black holes and extra dimensions to the elusive Higgs boson. His two most noteworthy scientific accomplishments include being a member of the teams that discovered the top quark and what is likely to be the Higgs boson.

When Dr. Lincoln isn’t exploring the energy frontier, he enjoys communicating the excitement of his and his colleagues’ cutting-edge research with the public. He has authored two books (Understanding the Universe: From Quarks to the Cosmos and The Quantum Frontier: The Large Hadron Collider) for the public about particle physics, which have been translated into Polish, Russian, German and Chinese. His third book (Alien Universe: Extraterrestrials in our Minds and in the Cosmos) combines astrobiology and popular reports of alien visitation to weave together a complete tale of the possibility of life from other planets. He has published many magazine articles in periodicals that include Analog: Science Fiction and Fact, The Physics Teacher and Scientific American. If you count all the magazines that have been printed, his writing has appeared well over a million times.

He has given hundreds of lectures on four continents and to a broad range of audiences, but his favorite kind of audience is non-scientists who are interested in understanding how the world works. He has a series of YouTube videos that explain frontier physics to a lay audience and he is a blogger for the television show NOVA’s web site. He also writes a weekly column for the online periodical Fermilab Today, which popularizes research papers as they are released.

Awards & Distinctions

  • 2013: European Physical Society Outreach Award
  • 2013: EPS High Energy and Particle Physics Award (shared with all of CMS)
  • 2012: Fermilab Director's Award for Exceptional Outreach Efforts (K-12)
  • 1994 – 1998: Research Fellow, University of Michigan
  • 1992 – 1993: Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughan Fellowship
  • 1988: Robert L. Chuoke Award for Outstanding Physics Graduate Student
  • 1986 - 1987: Rice Fellowship
  • 1986: Rice Presidential Recognition Award
  • 1985: Member Physics & Mathematics Honors Societies
  • 1982: National Merit Scholar
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