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“it was the start of string theory, he is a most brilliant man”
Yoichiro Nambu. (1921-2015) shared Nobel prize 2008.

‘He has an excellent reputation as a theoretical physics professor and researcher. He has participated in several of the important developments in elementary particle physics, string theory and cosmology, always introducing original ideas and proposals.
Gerard ‘t Hooft. (1946- ) shared Nobel prize 1999.

His consistent SU(3) X SU(3) X U(1) model extension of the Standard Model has the unparalleled property of predicting precisely three families of fermions. His ingenious model necessarily involves doubly-charged gauge bosons.
Sheldon Glashow. (1932- ) shared Nobel prize 1979.