49 Facts About Richard Feynman

1. Richard Feynman published a memoir on his life in 1985.

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2. Richard Feynman had a sister who was nine years younger than him.

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3. In 1965, Richard Feynman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

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4. Richard Feynman was born on May 11, 1918 in Manhattan New York.

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5. Richard Feynman died of abdominal cancer on February 15, 1988, in Los Angeles.

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6. Richard Feynman is credited with the introduction of fundamental computational techniques and notations into physics.

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7. Richard Feynman revolutionized the field of quantum mechanics and formulated the theory of quantum electrodynamics.

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8. Richard Feynman had a dream of visiting the distant land of Tuva.

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9. Richard Feynman predicted that element 137 would be the last one.

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10. In 2011, Richard Feynman was the subject of a biographical graphic novel entitled simply Feynman, written by Jim Ottaviani and illustrated by Leland Myrick.

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11. Richard Feynman was portrayed by Matthew Broderick in the 1996 biopic Infinity.

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12. Richard Feynman was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, but ultimately resigned and is no longer listed by them.

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13. Richard Feynman was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society in 1965, received the Oersted Medal in 1972, and the National Medal of Science in 1979.

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14. Richard Feynman concluded that NASA management's estimate of the reliability of the space shuttle was unrealistic, and he was particularly angered that NASA used it to recruit Christa McAuliffe into the Teacher-in-Space program.

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15. Richard Feynman had got to know La Belle and both liked and admired her.

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16. Richard Feynman wrote about his experiences teaching physics undergraduates in Brazil.

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17. Richard Feynman was one of the first scientists to conceive the possibility of quantum computers.

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18. Richard Feynman provided a quantum-mechanical explanation for the Soviet physicist Lev Landau's theory of superfluidity.

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19. Richard Feynman tried marijuana and ketamine at John Lilly's famed sensory deprivation tanks, as a way of studying consciousness.

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20. Richard Feynman proposed to her by mail from Rio de Janeiro, and they married in Boise, Idaho, on June 28, 1952, shortly after he returned.

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21. Richard Feynman spent time in Rio with his friend Bohm but Bohm could not convince Feynman to investigate Bohm's ideas on physics.

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22. Richard Feynman spent several weeks in Rio de Janeiro in July 1949.

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23. Richard Feynman was not fond of Ithaca's cold winter weather, and pined for a warmer climate.

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24. Richard Feynman was prompted to publish his ideas in the Physical Review in a series of papers over three years.

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25. Richard Feynman was convinced that Feynman's formulation was easier to understand, and ultimately managed to convince Oppenheimer that this was the case.

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26. Richard Feynman failed to get his point across, and Paul Dirac, Edward Teller and Niels Bohr all raised objections.

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27. Richard Feynman presented his work to his peers at the Pocono Conference in 1948.

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28. Richard Feynman thought that he could do this, but when he went back to Bethe with his solution, it did not converge.

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29. Richard Feynman was not the only frustrated theoretical physicist in the early post-war years.

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30. Richard Feynman read the work of Sir William Rowan Hamilton on quaternions, and attempted unsuccessfully to use them to formulate a relativistic theory of electrons.

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31. Richard Feynman was no longer working at the Los Alamos Laboratory, he was no longer exempt from the draft.

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32. Richard Feynman became one of the first of the Los Alamos Laboratory's group leaders to depart, leaving for Ithaca, New York, in October 1945.

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33. Richard Feynman made Feynman an offer in May 1945, but Feynman turned it down.

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34. Richard Feynman left notes in the cabinets as a prank, spooking his colleague, Frederic de Hoffmann, into thinking a spy had gained access to them.

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35. Richard Feynman had no such inhibitions, vigorously pointing out anything he considered to be flawed in Bohr's thinking.

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36. Richard Feynman was sought out by physicist Niels Bohr for one-on-one discussions.

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37. Richard Feynman was told that if the people at Oak Ridge gave him any difficulty with his proposals, he was to inform them that Los Alamos "could not be responsible for their safety otherwise".

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38. Richard Feynman developed a series of safety recommendations for the various grades of enrichments.

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39. Richard Feynman administered the computation group of human computers in the theoretical division.

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40. Richard Feynman seemed to possess a frightening ease with the substance behind the equations, like Einstein at the same age, like the Soviet physicist Lev Landau—but few others.

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41. Richard Feynman had applied the principle of stationary action to problems of quantum mechanics, inspired by a desire to quantize the Wheeler–Feynman absorber theory of electrodynamics, and laid the groundwork for the path integral formulation and Feynman diagrams.

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42. Richard Feynman attained a perfect score on the graduate school entrance exams to Princeton University in physics—an unprecedented feat—and an outstanding score in mathematics, but did poorly on the history and English portions.

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43. In 1939, Richard Feynman received a bachelor's degree, and was named a Putnam Fellow.

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44. Richard Feynman applied to Columbia University but was not accepted because of their quota for the number of Jews admitted.

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45. The young Richard Feynman was heavily influenced by his father, who encouraged him to ask questions to challenge orthodox thinking, and who was always ready to teach Feynman something new.

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46. Richard Feynman was a late talker, and did not speak until after his third birthday.

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47. Richard Feynman was a keen popularizer of physics through both books and lectures including a 1959 talk on top-down nanotechnology called There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom and the three-volume publication of his undergraduate lectures, The Feynman Lectures on Physics.

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48. Richard Feynman held the Richard C Tolman professorship in theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology.

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49. Richard Feynman assisted in the development of the atomic bomb during World War II and became known to a wide public in the 1980s as a member of the Rogers Commission, the panel that investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

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