Matthew Sands

Deputy director 1963-1969

Portrait of Matt Sands in front of chalkboard. (Courtesy SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Archives and History Office)

Matthew Sands was instrumental in the construction and early operation of the laboratory. He helped design the SPEAR storage ring and wrote a monograph on electron storage rings. Sands was the first to demonstrate the importance of quantum effects in electron accelerators. He proposed a high-energy proton synchrotron using injection from a booster and co-authored The Feynman Lectures on Physics.