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Dirac, Paul Adrien Maurice

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Born: 1902 AD
Died: 1984 AD, at 82 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Physicists

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1902 - Born on August 8th in Bristol, England. English theoretical physicist who was one of the founders of quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics.

         - The developer and eponym of bra and ket notation (Dirac notation) and of Dirac equation of relativistic quantum mechanics.

1921 - He studied electrical engineering, obtaining the B.Sc. (Engineering) degree.

1926 - He received his Ph.D. degree.

1927 - He became a Fellow of St.John's College.

1928 - Dirac is most famous for his relativistic quantum theory of the electron and his prediction of the existence of antiparticles.

1930 - Awarded the Fellow of the Royal Society.

         - Dirac's publications include the books Quantum Theory of the Electron and The Principles of Quantum Mechanics.

1932 - Became a Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge University.

1933 - Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics with Erwin Schrödinger, for their discovery of new productive forms of atomic theory.

1937 - He married Margit Wigner, of Budapest.

1939 - Received the Royal Society Medal.

1941 - Became a Royal Society Bakerian lecturer.

1946 - Was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

1952 - Received the Royal Society Copley Medal.

1961 - He was elected a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

1984 - Died on October 20th in Tallahassee, Florida at the age of 82.

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