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Port Washington: A Nobel physicist's childhood home

Frank Wilczek has plenty of fond memories of

Frank Wilczek has plenty of fond memories of his early years living in the Colonial at 1466 Middle Neck Rd. in Port Washington -- memories that may have contributed to his career as a Nobel Prize-winning physicist. Credit: Handout

Frank Wilczek has plenty of fond memories of his early years living in a Colonial on Middle Neck Road in Port Washington -- memories that may have contributed to his career as a Nobel Prize-winning physicist.

Wilczek, 61, lived in the home -- now on the market for $489,000 -- with his parents and paternal grandparents until he was 3½. In 2004, Wilczek won the Nobel Prize in physics for his work to explain the force that binds particles inside the atomic nucleus.

In a piece he wrote about the home, Wilczek said he remembers riding his tricycle in the yard and falling off a ledge -- what people have called his “first physics experiment.” He also recalled sitting on the floor in the kitchen, taking apart a coffee percolator and putting it back together.

The three-bedroom, three-bath home, built by Wilczek’s grandparents in 1927, was recently listed after the deaths of Wilczek’s parents, who moved back in 1987.

It is listed with Donna Quinn and Jeffrey Stone of Laffey Fine Homes.

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