Physicists in History (Part 3)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 447

  • 1878-02-22 Walter Ritz, Swiss physicist (d. 1909)
  • 1878-03-02 Wander J de Haas, Dutch physicist/son-in-law of Lorentz
  • 1878-10-02 François Conrad Schlumberger, French physicist, born in Guebwiller, Upper Rhine (d. 1936)
  • 1878-11-07 Lise Meitner, Austrian-Swedish physicist (discovered the nuclear fission of uranium), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1968)
  • 1879-02-06 Carl Ramsauer, German physicist (Ramsauer-Townsend effect), born in Oldenburg, Germany (d. 1879)
  • 1879-03-08 Otto Hahn, German physicist and chemist (Nobel 1944, radiothorium/actinium), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1968)
  • 1879-04-26 Owen Williams Richardson, British physicist (Nobel 1928), born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England (d. 1959)
  • 1879-10-09 Max von Laue, German physicist who discovered the diffraction of X-rays by crystals, born in Pfaffendorf, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1960)
  • 1880-01-18 Paul Ehrenfest, Austrian-Dutch theoretical physicist (phase transition, Ehrenfest theorem), born in Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1933)
  • 1880-10-29 Abram F. Joffe, Russian physicist (crystal), born in Romny, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1960)
  • 1881-03-04 Richard C. Tolman, American mathematical physicist (d. 1948)
  • 1881-03-12 Gunnar Nordström, Finnish physicist (d. 1923)
  • 1881-05-11 Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian physicist (d. 1963)
  • 1881-07-19 Friedrich Dessauer, German physicist (radiologist), born in Aschaffenburg, Germany (d. 1963)
  • 1881-10-22 Clinton Davisson, American physicist (Nobel 1937- discovery of electron diffraction in the famous Davisson-Germer experiment), born in Bloomington, Illinois (d. 1958)
  • 1882-04-21 Percy Williams Bridgman, American physicist (Nobel 1946 - physics of high pressure), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1882-09-30 Hans Geiger, German physicist (co-inventor of the Geiger counter), born in Neustadt an der Weinstraße, German Empire (d. 1945)
  • 1882-12-11 Max Born, German physicist (quantum mechanics, Nobel 1954), born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1882-12-16 Walther Meissner, German physicist (Meissner effect)
  • 1885-08-12 Jean Cabannes, French physicist (d. 1959)

Person of interestNiels Bohr

1885-10-07 Niels Bohr, Danish physicist who expanded quantum physics (Nobel Prize 1922), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1962)

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Niels Bohr
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
Niels Bohr
  • 1885-11-09 Theodor Kaluza, German mathematician and physicist (Kaluza–Klein theory), born in Silesia, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1886-07-23 Walter H. Schottky, German physicist (Thermodynamik), born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1976)
  • 1886-12-03 Manne Siegbahn, Swedish physicist (Nobel 1924-discoveries and research in the field of X-ray spectroscopy), born in Örebro, Sweden (d. 1978)
  • 1887-07-22 Gustav Hertz, German quantum physicist (Nobel 1925)

Person of interestErwin Schrödinger

1887-08-12 Erwin Schrodinger, Austrian physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate (wave mechanics), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1961)

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger
  • 1887-09-14 Karl Taylor Compton, American physicist and 9th President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, born in Wooster, Ohio (d. 1954)
  • 1887-11-23 Henry Moseley, English physicist (d. 1915)
  • 1888-01-23 Paul Peter Ewald, German Crystallographer and physicist who devised the theory of X-ray interference by crystals and pioneered X-ray diffraction methods, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1985)
  • 1888-02-17 Otto Stern, German American physicist (Stern-Gerlach-experiment, Nobel 1943)
  • 1888-07-16 Frits Zernike, Dutch physicist, invented phase-contrast microscope (Nobel 1953), born in Amsterdam (d. 1966)
  • 1888-11-07 Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, Indian physicist (Nobel Prize 1930 for light scattering), born in Tiruchirappalli, India (d. 1970)
  • 1889-01-27 Balthasar van der Pol, physicist (Comparison of Van der Pol)
  • 1889-08-01 Walther Gerlach, German physicist who, with Otto Stern, co-discovered spin quantization in a magnetic field (Stern–Gerlach effect), born in Biebrich, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany (d. 1979)
  • 1890-01-10 Grigory Landsberg, Soviet physicist, born in Vologda, Russia (d. 1957)
  • 1890-03-31 William Lawrence Bragg, English physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
  • 1890-12-06 Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist (known as the founding father of modern physics research in Japan), born in Satoshō, Okayama (d. 1951)
  • 1891-01-08 Walter Bothe, German subatomic particle physicist (Nobel 1954)
  • 1891-03-24 Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov, Soviet physicist (d. 1951)

Person of interestJames Chadwick

1891-10-20 James Chadwick, English physicist (Nobel 1935 discovered neutron), born in Bollington, Cheshire (d. 1974)

Physicist James Chadwick
Physicist
James Chadwick

Person of interestRobert Watson-Watt

1892-04-13 Robert Watson-Watt, Scottish physicist and developer of the radar and radio direction finding in WWII, born in Brechin, Scotland (d. 1973)

Physicist and Radar Pioneer Robert Watson-Watt
Physicist and Radar Pioneer
Robert Watson-Watt
  • 1892-04-27 Louis Victor de Broglie, French quantum physicist (studied electrons, Nobel Prize 1929), born in Dieppe, France (d. 1987)
  • 1892-05-03 George Paget Thomson, English physicist who demonstrated electron diffraction (Nobel 1937), born in Cambridge, England (d. 1975) [1]
  • 1892-08-15 Louis de Broglie, French physicist (Nobel 1929), born in Dieppe, France (d. 1987)
  • 1892-09-06 Edward Victor Appleton, English physicist (Nobel Prize 1947), born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 1965)
  • 1892-09-10 Arthur Compton, US physicist (1927 Nobel Prize for Physics for Compton Effect), born in Wooster, Ohio (d. 1962)
  • 1893-04-29 Harold Urey, American physical chemist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934), born in Walkerton, Indiana (d. 1981)
  • 1894-01-01 Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian physicist (Bose–Einstein statistics), born in Calcutta, British India (d. 1974)
  • 1894-06-25 Hermann Oberth, German physicist (founded modern astronautics), born in Hermannstadt, Austria-Hungary (d. 1989)
  • 1894-07-09 Pyotr Kapitsa, Russian physicist (Nobel 1978), born in Kronshtadt, Russian Empire (d. 1984)
  • 1894-09-15 Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (d. 1977)
  • 1896-02-04 Friedrich Hund, German physicist (d. 1997)
  • 1896-06-07 Robert S. Mulliken, American chemist and physicist (Nobel 1966), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1896-08-09 Erich Hückel, German physicist and physical chemist, born in Berlin, German Empire (d. 1980)
  • 1897-03-27 Douglas R. Hartree, English mathematician and physicist, born in Cambridge, England (d. 1958)
  • 1897-05-27 John Cockcroft, English physicist (Radar, Nobel 1951), born in Todmorden, Yorkshire, England (d. 1967)

Person of interestIrene Joliot-Curie

1897-09-12 Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist, (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1935), born in Paris, France (d. 1956), daughter of Marie Curie

Physicist and Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie
Physicist and Chemist
Irene Joliot-Curie
  • 1897-11-18 Patrick Blackett, British physicist (Nobel 1948 - nuclear reaction), born in London (d. 1974)

Person of interestLeó Szilárd

1898-02-11 Leo Szilard, Hungarian-German-American nuclear physicist (Manhattan Project) and peace activist, born in Budapest, Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1964)

Physicist and Inventor Leó Szilárd
Physicist and Inventor
Leó Szilárd
  • 1898-02-25 William Thomas Astbury, English physicist/chemist (textiles)
  • 1898-06-17 Carl Hermann, German physicist, born in Wesermünde, Germany (d. 1961)
  • 1898-07-29 Isidor Isaac Rabi, Polish physicist (explored atom, Nobel 1944)
  • 1898-11-19 Arthur R. von Hippel, German physicist (pioneer in the study of dielectrics, ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials, and semiconductors and was a codeveloper of radar during World War II), born in Rostock, Germany (d. 2003)
  • 1898-12-21 Ira S. Bowen, American physicist & astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar), born in Seneca Falls, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1898-12-22 Vladimir Aleksandrovich Fock, Soviet physicist, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1974)
  • 1899-03-13 John Van Vleck, American physicist, mathematician, and Nobel Laureate who pioneered the modern quantum mechanical theory of magnetism, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 1980)
  • 1899-05-14 Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist (d. 1993)
  • 1899-11-03 Gleb Wataghin, Ukrainian-Italian physicist, born in Birzula, Russian Empire (d. 1986)
  • 1900-03-19 [Jean] Frederic Joliot-Curie, French physicist (Nobel 1935)
  • 1900-04-26 Charles F. Richter, American physicist and seismologist (developed the Richter scale for measuring earthquake magnitude), born in Overpeck, Ohio (d. 1985)

Person of interestDennis Gabor

1900-06-05 Dennis Gabor, Hungarian-British engineer and physicist (invented holography, Nobel Prize 1971), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1979)

Physicist and Electrical Engineer Dennis Gabor
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
Dennis Gabor
  • 1901-12-05 Werner Heisenberg, German physicist who discovered the uncertainty principle (Nobel 1932), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1901-12-20 Robert Van de Graaff, American engineer & physicist (Mobility of Gaseous Ions), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Person of interestWalter Houser Brattain

1902-02-10 Walter Houser Brattain, American physicist and Nobel laureate for his work on transistors, born in Amoy, China (d. 1987)

  • 1902-05-03 Alfred Kastler, French physicist (Nobel 1966 - Hertzian resonances within atoms), born in Guebwiller, Alsace, German Empire (d. 1984)

Person of interestPaul Dirac

1902-08-08 Paul Dirac, English physicist (quantum electrodynamics, Nobel 1933), born in Bristol, England (d. 1984)

Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureate Paul Dirac
Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Paul Dirac
  • 1903-05-22 Yves Rocard, French physicist (helped develop the atomic bomb for France), born in Vannes, France (d. 1992)
  • 1903-10-06 Ernest Walton, Irish physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1995)
  • 1903-11-11 Thomas Allibone, English physicist (Manhattan Project, high-voltage particle acceleration), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England (d. 2003)

Person of interestCecil Frank Powell

1903-12-05 Cecil Frank Powell, English physicist who discovered pion (pi-meson), a subatomic particle (Nobel 1950), born in Tonbridge, England (d. 1969)

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank Powell
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Cecil Frank Powell
  • 1904-02-27 Yulii Borisovich Khariton, Russian physicist (d. 1996)
  • 1904-05-06 Moshé Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-Israeli engineer and physicist (founder of the Feldenkrais method), born in Slavuta, Russian Empire (d. 1984)
  • 1904-05-24 Patrick Johnson, English physicist (d. 1996)
  • 1904-07-27 Kenneth Bainbridge, American physicist (measurements of mass differences between nuclear isotopes), born in Cooperstown, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1904-10-01 Otto Robert Frisch, Austrian-born physicist (d. 1979)
  • 1904-12-09 Roger Wolcott Sperry, physicist
  • 1904-12-22 Louis-Eugene-Felix Neel, French physicist (Nobel 1970), born in Lyon, France (d. 2000)
  • 1904-12-25 Gerhard Herzberg, Can, physicist (molecular structure-Nobel 1971)

Person of interestEmilio G. Segrè

1905-01-30 Emilio G. Segrè, Italian physicist & Nobel laureate (discovered the elements technetium, astatine and the sub-atomic antiparticle antiproton), born in Tivoli, Italy (d. 1989)

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè
  • 1905-02-01 Ernst Carl Gerlach Stueckelberg, Basel Switzerland, eminent mathematician and physicist

Person of interestCarl David Anderson

1905-09-03 Carl David Anderson, American physicist (1936 Nobel Prize for physics), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)

Nobel Laureat Physicist Carl David Anderson
Nobel Laureat Physicist
Carl David Anderson
  • 1905-09-30 Nevill Francis Mott, English physicist (Nobel Prize for Physics 1977 for work on amorphous semiconductors), born in Leeds, England (d. 1996)
  • 1906-07-02 Hans Bethe, German-American quantum physicist (Nobel 1967), born in Strassburg, Germany (d. 2005)
  • 1906-12-10 Walter Zinn, Canadian-American nuclear physicist (invented the breeder reactor), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • 1907-01-23 Hideki Yukawa, Japanese physicist (Nobel 1949), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1981)
  • 1907-06-05 Rudolf Peierls, German-British physicist (atomic bomb), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1907-06-25 J. Hans D. Jensen, German physicist (atomic nucleus-Nobel 1963), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1973)
  • 1907-08-30 John Mauchly, American physicist who with J. Presper Eckert, designed the first general purpose electronic digital computer (ENIAC), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1907-09-18 Edwin M. McMillan, American physicist and discoverer of plutonium (Nobel 1951), born in Redondo Beach, California (d. 1991)
  • 1907-12-05 Giuseppe Occhialini, Italian physicist (Contribution to the discovery of the pion or pi-meson decay), born in Fossombrone, Pesaro, Italy (d. 1993)

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 417

  • 1946-05-30 Louis Slotin, Canadian Physicist and Chemist at Los Alamos, dies of radiation poisoning at 35 (b. 1910)
  • 1946-09-16 James Hopwood Jeans, English physicist, mathematician and astronomer (The Mysterious Universe), dies at 69
  • 1946-12-19 Paul Langevin, French physicist (b. 1872)
  • 1947-02-25 Friedrich Paschen, German physicist, dies at 82
  • 1947-05-20 Philipp Lenard, Austrian physicist (Nobel 1905), dies at 84
  • 1947-10-04 Max Planck, German physicist, father of Quantum Physics (Planck Constant, Nobel 1918), dies at 89
  • 1948-09-05 Richard C. Tolman, American mathematical physicist (b. 1881)
  • 1949-08-31 Andre Debierne, French chemist/physicist (actinium), dies
  • 1950-08-19 Giovanni Giorgi, Italian physicist and electrical engineer (Giorgi system of measurement), dies at 78
  • 1951-01-10 Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist (known as the founding father of modern physics research in Japan), dies at 60
  • 1951-02-27 Henry Louis Smith, American physicist who made the first X-ray photograph, dies at 91
  • 1951-04-09 Vilhelm F K Bjerknes, Norwegian/US physicist/meteorology, dies at 89
  • 1951-04-26 Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist, dies at 82
  • 1951-12-31 Philipp Abraham Kohnstamm, Dutch philosopher and physicist, dies at 76
  • 1952-04-24 Hans [Hendrik A] Kramers, physicist (quantum mechanics), dies at 57
  • 1953-08-15 Ludwig Prandtl, German physicist (b. 1875)

Person of interestRobert A. Millikan

1953-12-19 Robert A. Millikan, American physicist (Nobel 1923), dies at 85

  • 1954-01-19 Theodor Kaluza, German mathematician and physicist (Kaluza-Klein theory), dies at 68
  • 1954-06-22 Karl Taylor Compton, American physicist and 9th President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, dies at 66
  • 1956-03-03 Willem Hendrik Keesom, Dutch physicist (Helium I/II), dies at 79

Person of interestIrene Joliot-Curie

1956-03-17 Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist (Nobel laureate 1935) and daughter of Marie Curie, dies at 58

Physicist and Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie
Physicist and Chemist
Irene Joliot-Curie
  • 1957-02-02 Grigory Landsberg, Russian physicist (b. 1890)
  • 1957-06-21 Johannes Stark, German physicist (Stark effect, Nobel 1919), dies at 83
  • 1958-02-01 Clinton Davisson, American physicist (Nobel 1937- discovery of electron diffraction in the famous Davisson-Germer experiment), dies at 76
  • 1958-02-12 Douglas R. Hartree, English mathematician and physicist, dies at 60
  • 1959-02-15 Owen Willans Richardson, British physicist (Nobel 1928), dies at 69
  • 1959-10-31 Jean Cabannes, French physicist (b. 1885)
  • 1960-04-24 Max von Laue, German physicist who discovered the diffraction of X-rays by crystals, dies at 80
  • 1960-04-26 Wander Johannes de Haas, Dutch physicist (Einstein-De Haas effect), dies at 82
  • 1960-10-14 Abram F. Joffe, Russian physicist (crystal), dies at 79

Person of interestErwin Schrödinger

1961-01-04 Erwin Schrodinger, Austrian physicist and Nobel Laureate (wave mechanics), dies at 73

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger
  • 1961-08-20 Percy Williams Bridgman, American physicist (Nobel 1946 - physics of high pressure), dies at 79
  • 1961-09-12 Carl Hermann, German physicist, dies at 63

Person of interestNiels Bohr

1962-11-18 Niels Bohr, Danish physicist who expanded quantum physics (Nobel Prize 1922), dies at 77

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Niels Bohr
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
Niels Bohr
  • 1963-02-16 Friedrich Dessauer, German physicist (radiologist), dies at 81
  • 1963-05-06 Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-born physicist (b. 1881)
  • 1964-04-14 Tatyana Afanasyeva, Russian-Dutch mathematician and physicist (fields of statistical mechanics and statistical thermodynamics), dies at 87
  • 1964-05-21 James Franck, German-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1882)
  • 1964-12-17 Victor Franz Hess, Austrian-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1883)
  • 1965-04-21 Edward Victor Appleton, English physicist (Nobel Prize 1947), dies at 72
  • 1965-08-28 Giulio Racah, Israeli physicist (b. 1909)
  • 1966-01-24 Homi J. Bhabha, Indian nuclear physicist, dies at 56
  • 1966-03-01 Fritz Houtermans, Dutch-Austrian physicist, dies at 63
  • 1966-03-10 Frits Zernike, Dutch physicist, invented phase-contrast microscope (Nobel 1953), dies at 77
  • 1967-09-18 John Cockcroft, English physicist (Radar, Nobel 1951), dies at 70
  • 1968-04-01 Lev D Landau, Russian physicist (Nobel 1962), dies at 59
  • 1968-07-28 Otto Hahn, German physicist and chemist (Nobel 1944, radiothorium/actinium), dies at 89
  • 1968-08-19 George Gamow, Ukrainian-born physicist (b. 1904)
  • 1968-10-27 Lise Meitner, Austrian-Swedish physicist (discovered the nuclear fission of uranium, dies at 89

Person of interestCecil Frank Powell

1969-08-09 Cecil Frank Powell, English physicist who discovered pion (pi-meson), a subatomic particle (Nobel 1950), dies at 65

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank Powell
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Cecil Frank Powell
  • 1969-08-18 Otto Stern, German/US physicist (Nobel 1943), dies at 81
  • 1970-01-05 Max Born, German physicist (quantum mechanics, Nobel 1954), dies at 87
  • 1970-11-21 Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, Indian physicist (Nobel Prize 1930 for light scattering), dies at 82
  • 1971-12-31 Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist (b. 1919)
  • 1973-02-06 Ira S Bowen, US physicist/astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar), dies at 74
  • 1973-02-11 J. Hans D. Jensen, German physicist (Nobel prize 1963), dies at 65

Person of interestRobert Watson-Watt

1973-12-05 Robert Watson-Watt, Scottish physicist and developer of the radar and radio direction finding in WWII, dies at 81

Physicist and Radar Pioneer Robert Watson-Watt
Physicist and Radar Pioneer
Robert Watson-Watt
  • 1974-02-04 Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian physicist (Bose–Einstein statistics), dies at 80
  • 1974-07-13 Patrick Blackett, British physicist (Nobel 1948 - nuclear reaction), dies at 76

Person of interestJames Chadwick

1974-07-24 James Chadwick, English physicist (Nobel 1935, discovered neutron), dies at 82

Physicist James Chadwick
Physicist
James Chadwick
  • 1974-11-16 Walther Meissner, German physicist (Meissner Effect), dies at 91
  • 1975-02-03 William D. Coolidge, American physicist and inventor (b. 1873)
  • 1975-08-25 John R Dunning, US physicist, dies at 67
  • 1975-09-10 George Paget Thomson, English physicist who demonstrated electron diffraction (Nobel 1937), dies at 83 [1]
  • 1975-10-30 Gustav Ludwig Hertz, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)
  • 1976-02-01 Werner Heisenberg, German physicist who discovered the uncertainty principle (Nobel 1932), dies at 74
  • 1976-03-04 Walter H. Schottky, German physicist (Thermodynamik), dies at 89
  • 1977-02-05 Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (b. 1894)
  • 1977-07-03 Hugh Le Caine, Canadian physicist and composer, dies at 63
  • 1977-07-04 Gersh Budker, Russian physicist (b. 1918)
  • 1978-09-26 Manne Siegbahn, Swedish physicist (Nobel 1924-discoveries and research in the field of X-ray spectroscopy), dies at 91

Person of interestDennis Gabor

1979-02-09 Dennis Gabor, Hungarian-British engineer and physicist (invented holography, Nobel Prize 1971), dies at 79

Physicist and Electrical Engineer Dennis Gabor
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
Dennis Gabor
  • 1979-07-08 Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1979-08-10 Walther Gerlach, German physicist who, with Otto Stern, co-discovered spin quantization in a magnetic field (Stern–Gerlach effect) dies at 90
  • 1980-01-08 John Mauchly, American physicist (b. 1907)
  • 1980-02-16 Erich Hückel, German physicist and physical chemist, dies at 83
  • 1980-07-14 Felix Berezin, Russian physicist and mathematician (Berezin integral), dies at 49
  • 1980-10-15 Mikhail Lavrentyev, Russian hydrodynamicist and mathematician, dies at 79
  • 1980-10-27 John Van Vleck, American physicist, mathematician, and Nobel Laureate who pioneered the modern quantum mechanical theory of magnetism, dies at 81
  • 1981-09-08 Hideki Yukawa, Japanese physicist (Nobel 1949), dies at 74
  • 1983-09-10 Felix Bloch, Swiss-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905)
  • 1984-01-07 Alfred Kastler, French physicist (Nobel 1966 - Hertzian resonances within atoms), dies at 81
  • 1984-04-08 Pyotr Kapitsa, Russian physicist (Nobel 1978), dies at 89
  • 1984-07-01 Moshé Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-Israeli engineer and physicist (founder of the Feldenkrais method), dies at 80

Person of interestPaul Dirac

1984-10-20 Paul Dirac, English physicist (quantum electrodynamics, Nobel 1933), dies at 82

Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureate Paul Dirac
Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Paul Dirac
  • 1985-02-03 Frank Oppenheimer, American physicist (b. 1912)
  • 1985-08-22 Paul Peter Ewald, German Crystallographer and Physicist who devised the theory of X-ray interference by crystals and pioneered X-ray diffraction methods, dies at 97
  • 1985-09-30 Charles F. Richter, American physicist and seismologist (developed the Richter scale for measuring earthquake magnitude), dies at 85
  • 1985-10-08 Malcolm Ross, American balloonist and atmospheric physicist, dies at 65
  • 1986-01-28 Ronald E McNair, American astronaut and physicist, dies in Challenger disaster at 35
  • 1986-05-31 James Rainwater, American physicist (Nobel 1975-determining the asymmetrical shapes of certain atomic nuclei), dies at 68
  • 1986-10-10 Gleb Wataghin, Ukrainian-Italian physicist, dies at 86
  • 1986-10-31 Robert S. Mulliken, American chemist and physicist (Nobel 1966), dies at 90
  • 1987-03-19 Louis Broglie, French physicist (Nobel 1929), dies at 94
  • 1987-03-19 Louis Victor de Broglie, French quantum physicist (studied electrons, Nobel Prize 1929), dies at 94

Person of interestWalter Houser Brattain

1987-10-13 Walter Houser Brattain, American physicist (transistors, Nobel 1956), dies at 85

  • 1987-12-02 Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Russian physicist, dies at 73
  • 1988-01-28 Klaus Fuchs, German physicist (b. 1911)
  • 1988-03-08 Werner Hartmann, German physicist (b. 1912)
  • 1988-09-11 Luis Alvarez, American physicist (subatomic particles, Nobel 1968), dies of cancer at 77

Famous Physicists