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Richard Feynman – Greatest Physicist of All Time

Last Updated on September 23, 2020 by Darshan Modi

Richard Feynman
Richard Feynman

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Richard Feynman was a brilliant scientist received a Nobel Prize in 1965 for his contribution to the development of quantum electrodynamics.

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Richard was born on the 11 May 1918 in Queens, New York.

Early Life

Richard grew up in Far Rockway just outside Manhattan in a middle class jewish family. By the age of 15, Richard had mastered differential and integral calculus. He was accepted to MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and completed his BA degree in Physics there in 1939. In 1942 he earned his PhD from Princeton University. Richard write his theses about the application of the principle of stationary action to quantum mechanics. This later let to the Feynman diagrams and the “Path Integral” approach.
While at Princeton, Richard married Arline Greenbaum whom he had been sweethearts with for a long time. Arline was very ill with tuberculosis and she died in 1945. During his time at Princeton, Richard was all involved in the Manhattan project (The US project to perfect nuclear bombs) and was at the Trinity bomb test and calculated the neutron equations for the “Water Boiler”, a small nuclear reactor. Richard was then transferred to the safety facility at Oak Ridge to help with the calculation of the safety procedures to prevent accidents, largely because his fascination with safecracking.
After the Manhattan Project, Feynman moved to Cornell university as a professor and then later to Cal Tech where he did most his research on Quantum electrodynamics, the fluidity of supercooled liquid helium and models of weak decay. At his time here he also developed the Feynman diagrams and interactions between electrons and antimatter counterparts. During this time he married his second wife, Mary-Lou, whom he divorced a few years later.

About Richard Feynman

A few years later, Richard met his third wife, Gweneth and they had two children, Carl Richard and adopted Michelle Catherine. In 1965, Richard, Julian Schwinger and Shinichiro Tomonaga, shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work in Quantum electrodynamics. Richard published his lectures in a series called “The Feyman Lectures” as well as two less serious series’, “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” and “What Do You Care What Other People Think?”.
The latter names after comments his first wife made when he did not want to activities he thought he would be critiqued for. Before his death in 1988, Feynman helped with the investigation into the accident on the Space Shuttle Challenger, proving the failure of the O-Rings. Feynman’s sister Joan also contributed to the world of science in the field of astrophysics.
Richard Feynman died from a rare form of cancel on 15 February 1988 at the age of 69.

Genetic Or Learned

Richard was born with the gift of intelligence.

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Featured In

  • The Feyman Lectures
  • Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!
  • What Do You Care What Other People Think?
  • Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman: James Gleick – 2011
  • Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science (Great Discoveries): Lawrence M. Krauss 2011
  • Richard Feynman: A Life in Science: John R. Gribbin, ‎Mary Gribbin 1998
  • Loving Richard Feynman: Penny Tangey 2009
  • Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science (Great Discoveries)
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Books Published

  • 2014: (Posthumous) Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character…
  • 2000: (Posthumous) Selected Papers of Richard Feynman: With Commentary
  • 1994: (Posthumous) No Ordinary Genius: The Illustrated Richard Feynman
  • 2011: (Posthumous) Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher
  • 2017: (Posthumous) The Character of Physical Law