Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Sold Nobel Prize to Pay Medical Debt

By reading his obituary, it’s clear that Leon Lederman led an extraordinary life.

The Associated Press explains that he was “an experimental physicist who won a Nobel Prize in physics for his work on subatomic particles and coined the phrase ‘God particle.’”

“Lederman directed the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago from 1978 to 1989. He’s described as a giant in his field who also had a passion for sharing science, resulting in his book, ‘The God Particle.’”

And yet – despite this incredible life – Lederman suffered through the same problem that too many Americans face: Debilitating medical debt.

The AP reports: “The couple moved there full-time in 2011 when Leon Lederman started experiencing memory loss problems that became more severe, his wife said. His Nobel Prize sold for $765,000 in an auction in 2015 to help pay for medical bills and care.”

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