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Paul Dirac

theoretical physicist (1902-1984)

1902   -   1984

country of citizenship: United Kingdom, Switzerland
language of expression: English
educated at: University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, St John's College
occupation: mathematician, theoretical physicist, professor, physicist, scientist, academic, educator, teacher, engineer
award received: Nobel Prize in Physics, Fellow of the Royal Society, Copley Medal, Royal medal, Max Planck Medal, Helmholtz Medal, J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Prize, Bakerian Lecture
position held: Lucasian Professor of Mathematics
student of: Ralph H. Fowler
influenced by: John Stuart Mill

Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (; 8 August 1902 – 20 October 1984) was an English theoretical physicist who is regarded as one of the most significant physicists of the 20th century.Dirac made fundamental contributions to the early development of both quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics. Among other discoveries, he formulated the Dirac equation which describes the behaviour of fermions and predicted the existence of antimatter. Dirac shared the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physics with Erwin Schrödinger "for the discovery of new productive forms of atomic theory". He also made significant contributions to the reconciliation of general relativity with quantum mechanics. Dirac was regarded by his friends and colleagues as unusual in character. In a 1926 letter to Paul Ehrenfest, Albert Einstein wrote of Dirac, "I have trouble with Dirac. This balancing on the dizzying path between genius and madness is awful." In another letter he wrote, "I don't understand Dirac at all (Compton effect)."He was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, a member of the Center for Theoretical Studies, University of Miami, and spent the last decade of his life at Florida State University.
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Forms of Relativistic Dynamics ( 1949 )

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author: Paul Dirac

Quantum Electrodynamics without Dead Wood ( 1965 )

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author: Paul Dirac

The Theory of Gravitation in Hamiltonian Form ( 1958 )

scientific article (publication date: 19 August 1958)

author: Paul Dirac

The Quantum Theory of the Electron ( 1928 )

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author: Paul Dirac

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