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Gamow, George

Born: 1904 AD
Died: 1968 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Physicists

1904 – Born in the town of Odessa, in the Russian Empire, now in Ukraine on the 4th of March.

1922 – He was educated at the Novorossiya University in Odessa.

1923 – The University of Leningrad.

1928 – He then worked at the Theoretical Physics Institute of the University of Copenhagen, with a break to work with Ernest Rutherford at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge.

         – Gamow had solved the theory of the alpha decay of a nucleus via tunnelling.

1932 – His first two attempts to defect with his wife, Lyubov Vokhminzeva and involved attempting to kayak: first a 250 kilometer paddle over the Black Sea to Turkey and then from Murmansk to Norway. Poor weather foiled both attempts.

1933 – The two tried a less dramatic approach Gamow managed to obtain permission for himself and his wife to attend the Solvay Conference for physicists in Brussels.

1934 – They moved to the United States.

         – He began working at George Washington University.

1940 – Gamow became a naturalized American.

1948 – Gamow produced an important cosmogony paper with his student Ralph Alpher, which was published as "The Origin of Chemical Elements".

1954 – Gamow remained in Washington, then worked at University of California, Berkeley.

1956 – Remained University of Colorado at Boulder.

1968 – On the 19th of August, George Gamow died at age 64 in Boulder, Colorado, and was buried there in Green Mountain Cemetery.