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Richard Feynman
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
Fields Theoretical physics
Institutions Cornell University
California Institute of Technology
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.B. 1939)
Princeton University (Ph.D. 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
Known for
Notable awards
Signature

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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