I met Murray Gell-Mann when he visited Imperial College around 1958 when I was a student, and again at Trieste, 1964. I also saw him at Gothenborg, 1968, on the occasion of the Nobel Symposium. He won the prize a year later; it was said that more than half the Nobel advisors had suggested him in 1969, a figure which, if true, has never been remotely matched before or since. His prediction of the existence and properties of the Omega-minus was probably what convinced many physicists that Gell-Mann should be nominated.
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