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Richard Feynman an American physicist born in New York City on May 11 1918 He grew up in Far Rockaway Manhattan Feynman studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and continued his studies at Princeton University where he obtained his PhD in physics in 1942 with a thesis supervised by John Wheeler His thesis was on advanced waves which is the theory of electromagnetic waves that travel backwards in time His first lecture at Princeton on the subject was attended by Einstein Pauli and Von Neumann After completing his PhD Feynman moved to Cornell University in 1945 as professor of theoretical physics There he met Hans Bethe and became involved in the Manhattan Project He then moved to the newly constructed laboratory at Los Alamos During his work at Los Alamos his wife became very sick and died Soon after World War Two Feynman accepted a job as professor of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology in 1950In 1965 Feynman invented a ingenious way of representing quantum interactions now called Feynman diagrams For these contributions Feynman shared the 1965 Nobel Prize in physics with Shin-Ichiro Tomonaga and Julian Schwinger each of whom also contributed to the theory Feynman also contributed to the theory of nuclear interactions with Murray Gell-Mann After the explosion of NASAs Space Shuttle Challenger Feynman joined the council investigating the causes of the disaster Feynman identified the cause of disaster as the failure of an o-ring seal in the cold launch-pad temperatures even dunking a similar o-ring in a glass of ice water in front of other committee members to emphasize his conclusion Feynman took the o-ring situation into consideration after it was brought up in conversation by a friend already aware of the o-ring problem in order to protect himself In the early 1980s Feynman developed an abdominal cancer After a five-year fight Feynman died in 1988 at the age of 69 Though not fond of awards and honors
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