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Hispanic and Latinx Scientists

Albert Baez (1912-2007)

Albert Baez

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Albert Baez was born in Puebla, Mexico in 1912. As a young child, his family immigrated to Brooklyn, New York. He studied mathematics, earning his Bachelor's degree from Drew University and a Master of Science from Syracuse University. He studied for his doctorate in physics at Stanford University. 

In the late 1940's, he co-invented an x-ray reflection microscope, a tool that is still used in medicine. He held professorships at the College of Redlands, Baghdad University, and MIT. Throughout his career he was prolific in the development of educational materials in physics, including textbooks and videos. Upon retirement he served as president of Vivamos Mejor/USA, an organization founded in 1988 to help impoverished villages in Mexico.