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Bohm, David Joseph

Born: 1917 AD
Died: 1992 AD, at 74 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Physicists


1917 - David Joseph Bohm was born on the 20th of December in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

1939 - Graduated at Pennsylvania State College, then studied at California Institute of Technology for a year.

       - Obtained doctorate degree in theoretical physics under Robert Oppenheimer at the University of California, Berkeley.

1942 - Offered him to work at Los Alamos, the top-secret laboratory to design the bomb.

1943 - Completed his Ph.D. while in Berkeley, teaching physics.

       - He performed theoretical calculations for the Calutrons at the Y-12 facility in Oak Ridge.

       - Became an assistant professor at Princeton University, where he worked closely with Albert Einstein.

1949 - The House Un-American Activities Committee called upon him to testify before it, because of his previous ties to suspected Communists.

1950 - Bohm was charged for refusing to answer questions before the Committee and arrested.

1951 - He was acquitted in May, but Princeton had already suspended him.

       - Bohm left for Brazil to take up a Chair in Physics at the University of São Paulo.

       - Wrote his first book, Quantum Theory and was published this year.

1955 - Moved to Israel, where he spent two years at the Technion at Haifa.

1957 - He moved to the UK as a research fellow at the University of Bristol.

1959 - With his student Yakir Aharonov, he discovered the Aharonov-Bohm effect.

       - His wife Saral recommended to him a book by the Indian philosopher J. Krishnamurti.

1961 - Became Professor of Theoretical Physics at Birkbeck College London.

1987 - He continued his work in quantum physics until his retirement.

1990 - Elected Fellow of the Royal Society.

1992 - David Bohm died of a heart attack in London on 27th of October.

       - Developer and eponym of Bohmian mechanics.


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