Richard Feynman Facts

Richard Feynman Facts
Richard Phillips Feynman (May 11, 1918 to February 15, 1988) was an American theoretical physicist. His work included quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, and the physics of supercooled liquids. In 1965 he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, and Julian Schwinger for "their fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics with deep-ploughing consequences for the physics of elementary particles."
Interesting Richard Feynman Facts:
Richard Phillips Feynman was born in New York City.
He had an early interest in mathematics and taught himself trigonometry, advanced algebra and analytic geometry before he entered college.
His senior year at Far Rockaway High School, he was awarded the New York University Math Championship.
He applied to Columbia University but was not admitted because they had filled their quota of Jews.
In 1939 he received a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In 1942 he was awarded a PhD from Princeton with a thesis entitled "The Principle of Least Action in Quantum Mechanics."
While at Princeton he was recruited to work on the Manhattan project which developed the atomic bomb during World War II.
He and Hans Bethe developed the formula for calculating the yield of a fission bomb.
From 1945 to 1950 he was Professor of Physics at Cornell University.
From 1950 to 1959 he was Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology.
He pioneered the field of quantum computing and developed the concept of nanotechnology.
In 1980 he was a member of the Rogers Commission which was formed to investigate the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
He was an educator and popularized physics through his books and lectures.
Feynman had a great reputation as a prankster and his autobiography is entitled Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman.
In addition to the Nobel Prize he was awarded are the Albert Einstein Award (1954) and the Lawrence Award (1962).


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