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Richard Feynman
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Born
Richard Phillips Feynman

(1918-05-11)May 11, 1918
Queens, New York, US
Died February 15, 1988(1988-02-15) (aged 69)
Los Angeles, California, US
Resting place Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum, Altadena, California, US
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.B. 1939)
Princeton University (Ph.D. 1942)
Known for
Spouse(s)
Arline Greenbaum
(m. 1941; died 1945)

Mary Louise Bell (m. 1952–1956)

Gweneth Howarth (m. 1960)
Children 2
Awards
Scientific career
Fields Theoretical physics
Institutions Cornell University
California Institute of Technology
Thesis The Principle of Least Action in Quantum Mechanics (1942)
Doctoral advisor John Archibald Wheeler
Doctoral students
  • James M. Bardeen
  • Laurie Mark Brown
  • Thomas Curtright
  • Albert Hibbs
  • Giovanni Rossi Lomanitz
  • George Zweig
Other notable students
  • Robert Barro
  • W. Daniel Hillis
  • Douglas D. Osheroff
  • Paul Steinhardt
  • Stephen Wolfram
Signature
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Richard Feynman (11 May 1918 - 15 February 1988) was an American physicist. He was born in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York City. He was part of the Manhattan Project team that made the atomic bomb. Feynman won the Nobel Prize in Physics 1965. He was one of the first people to study quantum physics. Feynman added significantly to a branch of science called quantum electrodynamics and invented the Feynman diagram. He died of liposarcoma in Los Angeles, California.

His sister Joan Feynman (born 1927) is a retired astrophysicist.

Selected books

Feynman wrote some best-selling autobiographies, and his lecture notes became popular with physics students and qualified professionals.

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