Theoretical Physicists in History

Famous Birthdays

  • 1839-02-11 Josiah Willard Gibbs, theoretical physicist/chemist

Person of interestAlbert Einstein

1879-03-14 Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate (theory of relativity), born in Ulm, German Empire (d. 1955)

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 1894-12-17 Hans [Henry] Kramers, Dutch theoretical physicist (quantum mechanics)
  • 1900-04-25 Wolfgang Pauli, Swiss-American theoretical physicist (Pauli inhibition, Nobel 1945), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1958)

Person of interestRobert Oppenheimer

1904-04-22 Robert Oppenheimer, American theoretical physicist known as the father of the atomic bomb (Manhattan Project), born in NYC, New York (d. 1967)

Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer
  • 1912-08-02 Bela Szigeti, Hungarian theoretical physicist, born in Budapest (d. 1996)
  • 1918-05-11 Richard Feynman, American theoretical physicist, born in Queens, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1926-01-29 Abdus Salam, theoretical physicist
  • 1929-05-29 Peter Higgs, Newcastle upon Tyne, British theoretical physicist (Nobel, 2013)
  • 1932-12-05 Sheldon Lee Glashow, American theoretical physicist (Electroweak theory, Georgi–Glashow model), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947-05-01 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), born in Mexico City (d. 2015)
  • 1954-05-16 Joseph Polchinski, American leading theoretical physicist (multiverse), born in White Plains, New York (d. 2018)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1903-01-06 Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein (23) weds Mileva Maric

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein

LoveWedding of Interest

1934-02-26 Theoretical physicist Edward Teller (25) weds Augusta Maria Harkanyi

Physicist Edward Teller
Physicist
Edward Teller

LoveWedding of Interest

1937-01-02 Theoretical Physicist Paul Dirac (34) weds Margit Wigner

Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureate Paul Dirac
Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Paul Dirac

LoveWedding of Interest

1940-11-01 Theoretical physicist Robert Oppenheimer (36) weds biologist Katherine Harrison Puening

Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer

LoveWedding of Interest

1995-09-16 Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (53) weds nurse Elaine Mason

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Physicist
Stephen Hawking

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1919-02-14 Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein (39) divorces Mileva Maric after 16 years of marriage

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein

Famous Deaths

  • 1952-12-24 Henry A "Hans" Kramers, Dutch theoretical physicist, dies at 58

Person of interestAlbert Einstein

1955-04-18 Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist & Nobel laureate (theory of relativity), dies of an abdominal aortic aneurysm at 76

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 1958-12-15 Wolfgang Pauli, Swiss-American theoretical physicist (Pauli inhibition, Nobel 1945), dies at 58

Person of interestRobert Oppenheimer

1967-02-18 Robert Oppenheimer, American theoretical physicist known as the father of the atomic bomb (Manhattan Project), dies of throat cancer at 62

Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer
  • 1988-02-15 Richard Feynman, American theoretical physicist known for his work on quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics (1965 Nobel), dies of liposarcoma at 69
  • 1996-03-17 Bela Szigeti, Hungarian theoretical physicist, dies at 83
  • 2002-07-18 Victor Emery, British theoretical physicist (b. 1933)
  • 2015-08-16 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 2018-02-02 Joseph Polchinski, American leading theoretical physicist (multiverse), dies of brain cancer at 63