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Wheeler, John Archibald

Born: 1911 AD
Currently alive, at 104 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Physicists


John Archibald Wheeler is an eminent American theoretical physicist.


1911 - Born 9th of July in Jacksonville, Florida.


1933 - Received his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.


     - His thesis, under the supervision of Karl Herzfeld, was on the theory of the dispersion and adsorption of helium.


1938-1976 - Professor of physics at Princeton University then a professor of physics at the University of Texas at Austin.


1937 - Made important contributions to theoretical physics and introduced the S-matrix, which became an indispensable tool in particle physics.


1939 - Collaborated with Bohr on the liquid drop model of nuclear fission.


1957 - Introduced the word wormhole to describe tunnels in space-time.

1960 - Formulated geometrodynamics, a program of physical and ontological reduction of every physical phenomenon, such as gravitation and electromagnetism, to the geometrical properties of a curved space-time.


1966 - Served as President of American Physical Society.


      - Co-wrote "Spectrum Physics" 1966, "Gravitation" 1973, "Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, and Cosmology" 1974.


1967 - His work in general relativity included the theory of gravitational collapse; he coined the term black hole.


         - Pioneer in the field of quantum gravity.


1997 - Awarded the Wolf Prize in Physics.


2006 - He maintained an office in Jadwin Hall at Princeton.




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