Richard Feynman (Physicist, Nobel Prize 1965) 1918-1988

Richard Feynman Demographics:
  • Name - Richard Phillips Feynman
  • DOB - May 11, 1918.
  • Death - February 15, 1988.
  • Born - Far Rockaway, Queens, New York.
  • Nationality - American
Richard Feynman Education:
  • His father was a major inspiration in teaching Feynman how to think.
  • Reportedly had a measured IQ of 125.
  • By the age of 15 years, Feynman had taught himself both differential and integral calculus.

Richard Feynman Professional Facts:
  • Physicist.
  • Was Richard Chace Tolman professor in theoretical physics at Caltech (see picture with L-R: Donald Glaser, Richard Feynman, Robert Bacher, and Robert Leighton at the California Institute of Technology).
  • Won Nobel Physics Prize (1965) for his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, in conjunction with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga.
  • Described the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as
  • His work in particle physics lead to the proposed parton model.
  • Developed the Feynman diagrams to represent the mathematical expressions governing the behavior of subatomic particles.
  • Was involved in the Manhattan Project in World War II which led to the development of the Atomic Bomb.
  • Panel member involved in investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

Other Scientific Interests:
  • Biology
  • Pioneered quantum computing
  • He introduced the concept of nanotechnology.
Richard Feynman & Popular Culture:
  • Popularized physics in both his books and lectures, in particular 'The Feynman Lectures on Physics.'
  • Wrote a series of semi-autobiographical books including Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What Do You Care What Other People Think?
  • Another popular work was 'No Ordinary Genius: The Illustrated Richard Feynman.'
Richard Feynman Non scientific Interests:
  • Amateur painter
  • Bongo player
  • Juggler
  • Prankster
  • Safecracker and lock picker
  • Strip clubs as places to think through difficult academic problems.
Richard Feynman was not a fan of the Social Sciences (see video below).

Richard Feynman playing the bongo drums.

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