Richard Edward Taylor, a professor emeritus of physics at Stanford University and SLAC
National Accelerator Laboratory, was an early user of the 2-mile-long linear accelerator at
SLAC and carried out experiments that revealed subatomic particles called quarks for the
first time – a discovery that earned him the Nobel Prize in physics along with colleagues
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Taylor passed away at his home on the
Stanford campus in February 2018 at the age of 88.Taylor's discovery of the quarks set the
stage for what is now known as the Standard Model in physics, which describes all the
fundamental particles and forces.