Winning a Nobel Prize is one of the most prestigious honors that an academician could hope for. Now, you might think that a Nobel Prize winner's life is all glitz and glamor; however, that's not always the case. Legendary Noble Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman, who won his Nobel Prize in Physics in 1988 for his ground-breaking research field. However, the Physicist, who was a professor at the University of Chicago, started suffering from memory in 2015 for an exchange of $ 765,000 in order to pay for his esoteric medical bill.
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Lederman's story shows the condition of healthcare in America. Professor Lederman was born in the 1920s. His father was a common man, who worked at a laundry facility. Later in his life, Lederman excelled in Physics and discovered the Higgs boson subatomic particle, which is known as the "God particle."
According to a University of Chicago professor Michael Turner, his contributions to the field of physics are extraordinary. He helped the experts understand the basic forces and particles of nature. Along with being a great scientist of this time, Lederman is therefore a leader in his own time in terms of science education, he added.
However, this genius could not figure out how to survive the continuously escalating health care cost of America. The United States of America's health care prices are usually higher than the rest of the world. For example, reportedly, one day, at an average American hospital, costs around $ 5,000, whereas the cost would be $ 765 in Australia or $ 424 in Spain. On the other hand, a private room in a nursing home costs over $ 7,000 per month on average. Add to that, medical insurances do not really cover long-term care.
The world-famous physicist so, faced the same fate, where for the long-term care he had to sell off his Nobel Prize medal, which is basically
Not only Professor Lederman discovers the Higgs boson subatomic particle but he also penned a book named The God Particle . Lederman had also directed the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory from 1978 to 1989.
"Leon Lederman provided the scientific vision that allowed Fermilab to remain on the cutting edge of technology for more than 40 years," the current director of the laboratory Nigel Lockyer said in a statement, reported AP.
According to a University of Chicago professor Michael Turner, his contributions to the field of physics are extraordinary. He helped the experts understand the basic forces and particles of nature. Along with being a great scientist of this time, Lederman is thus a leader of his time in terms of science education, he added.