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Dirac, Paul Adrien Maurice

Born: 1902 AD
Died: 1984 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Physicists

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.