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Wheeler, John Archibald

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Born: 1911 AD
Currently alive, at 103 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Physicists

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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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