Physics Editor Wins Settlement in Case Over Discrimination

Time has finally been good to Jeff Schmidt. The former staff editor at Physics Today was fired in 2000, purportedly for claiming in a book to have stolen hours from his employer, the American Institute of Physics. After fighting his termination for six years, however, Mr. Schmidt won back his job, his reputation, and an undisclosed financial award in a legal settlement announced this week.

The time issue had always been a red herring, say friends of Mr. Schmidt. His lawsuit alleges