George Gamow Facts

George Gamow Facts
George Gamow (March 4, 1904 to August 19, 1968), born Georgiy Antonovich Gamov. He was a theoretical physicist and cosmologist and an early advocate of LemaƮtre's Big Bang theory.
Interesting George Gamow Facts:
Gamow was born in Odessa, Ukraine to mixed Russian and Ukrainian parents.
Both of his parents were teachers.
In addition to Russian, Gamow spoke French, German and later became fluent in English.
From 1922 to 1923 he attended Novorossiya University in Odessa and from 1923 to 1929 he was a student at the University of Leningrad.
After graduation he went to the University of Gottingen where he earned a doctorate for his work on quantum theory.
He worked with Ernest Rutherford at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge.
In 1931 Gamow was elected a corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR.
In 1932 he and Lev Mysovskii submitted a design for a cyclotron which was not completed until 1937.
After several requests to leave the Soviet Union were denied, in 1933 he and his wife, Lyubov Vokmintseva, were suddenly given permission to attend the Solvay Conference in Brussels.
Over the next year, Gamow worked at the Curie Institute, the University of London and the University of Michigan.
He became a professor at George Washington University and recruited physicist Edward Teller from London.
He became a naturalized American citizen in 1940.
Despite his knowledge of radioactivity, he did not work on the Manhattan project but turned his interest to the history of the Solar System and cosmology.
He created the "big bang" theory of an expanding universe and wrote that the early universe was dominated by radiation not physical matter.
In 1956 he moved to the University of Colorado at Boulder where he died of liver failure in 1968.
His many writings included "The Birth and Death of the Sun" (1940), "One, Two, Three...Infinity" (1947), "The Moon" (1953), and "My World Line: An Informal Autobiography" (1970).


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