Remembering Helen Edwards

Helen Edwards, distinguished and highly regarded scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (CSA CSM), died on June 21 at the age of 80.

She was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the National Medal of Technology, the Department of Energy’s E.O. Lawrence Award and the Robert R. Wilson Prize of the American Physical Society. She was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science and the National Academy of Engineering. She was also a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Edwards worked for 40 years at Fermilab, beginning in 1970. She became a scientist emeritus upon her retirement in 2010. Edwards was the leader in the design, construction, commissioning and operation of the Tevatron collider. In recent years she made significant contributions to the development of high-gradient, superconducting linear accelerators as well as bright and intense electron sources.