Ten fun facts about Richard Feynman
Fact 1Fact 4
Richard Feynman was born on May 11, 1918 in Manhattan, New York.
He received a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1939.
Feynman achieved an unprecedented feat by obtaining a perfect score on the graduate school entrance exams to Princeton University in mathematics and physics. He received a PhD from Princeton in 1942.
He joined the secret US army project called the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos to develop the atomic bomb.Fact 5
Richard Feynman was a junior physicist under Hans Bethe’s theoretical division. He and Bethe developed the Bethe-Feynman formula for calculating the yield of a nuclear fission bomb.Fact 6
After the war he joined Cornell University and taught theoretical physics from 1945-50. Feynman later joined California Institute of Technology (Caltech) where he did significant research work.Fact 7
Richard Feynman received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1965 for his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, jointly with Julian Schwinger and Sin-ltiro Tomonaga.Fact 8
He developed a pictorial scheme for the mathematical calculations on the behavior of subatomic particles, which are known as the Feynman diagrams.Fact 9
Feynman was ranked as one of the ten greatest physicists of all time in 1999 by a poll conducted by the British journal Physics World.Fact 10
Richard Feynman died on February 15, 1988 in Los Angeles, California. Go to more people facts ❯
MORE IN PEOPLE/CELEBRITIES