Val Fitch was born in Cherry County, Nebraska on 11 March 1923.
Fitch served in the US army from 1943 to 1946 and spent much of that time with the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos where he worked as a technician. At the Trinity test, Fitch was at the vacuum tubes that delivered the detonating voltage across six miles of cables.
Fitch received his undergraduate degree from McGill University in 1948 and his doctoral degree from Columbia University in 1954. He spent most of his academic career at Princeton University working in experimental particle physics. He is Professor and Chair Emeritus of the Princeton Department of Physics.
Fitch was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1980 with Jim Cronin for the discovery of CP