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Paul Dirac

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Dirac, photographed in 1933
Born
Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac

(1902-08-08)8 August 1902
Bristol, England
Died 20 October 1984(1984-10-20) (aged 82)
Nationality Swiss (1902–19)
British (1919–84)
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Scientific career
Fields Theoretical physics
Institutions
Doctoral advisor Ralph Fowler
Doctoral students
  • Homi J. Bhabha
  • Harish Chandra Mehta
  • Dennis Sciama
  • Fred Hoyle
  • Behram Kurşunoğlu
  • John Polkinghorne
Influences John Stuart Mill

Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac, OM (August 8, 1902 in Bristol – October 20, 1984 in Tallahassee) was an English physicist.

Dirac's father came from the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

Dirac worked out a formulation of quantum mechanics, which includes Erwin Schrödinger's wave mechanics and Werner Heisenberg's matrix mechanics in 1926. In 1928 he found the Dirac equation and he found out that spin in quantum mechanics is an effect of relativity. The Dirac equation allowed Dirac to predict the existence of antimatter, which is the opposite of matter.

In 1933 he won the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Dirac was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics chair at Cambridge University from 1932 until his retirement in 1969. He was Professor of Physics at Florida State University from 1972 until his death in 1984.

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  • Paul Dirac
  • Carl Anderson
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