Paul Dirac

From Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Paul Dirac

Dirac, photographed in 1933
Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac

(1902-08-08)8 August 1902
Bristol, England
Died20 October 1984(1984-10-20) (aged 82)
NationalitySwiss (1902–19)
British (1919–84)
Alma mater
Known for
Scientific career
FieldsTheoretical physics
Doctoral advisorRalph Fowler
Doctoral students
InfluencesJohn Stuart Mill[5][6]

Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac, OM (August 8, 1902 in Bristol – October 20, 1984 in Tallahassee) was an English physicist.

Dirac's father came from the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

Dirac worked out a formulation of quantum mechanics, which includes Erwin Schrödinger's wave mechanics and Werner Heisenberg's matrix mechanics in 1926. In 1928 he found the Dirac equation and he found out that spin in quantum mechanics is an effect of relativity. The Dirac equation allowed Dirac to predict the existence of antimatter, which is the opposite of matter.

In 1933 he won the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Dirac was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics chair at Cambridge University from 1932 until his retirement in 1969. He was Professor of Physics at Florida State University from 1972 until his death in 1984.[7]


References[change | change source]

  1. "Nobel Bio". Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  2. Bhabha, Homi Jehangir (1935). On cosmic radiation and the creation and annihilation of positrons and electrons. (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. EThOS
  3. Paul Dirac at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. Polkinghorne, John Charlton (1955). Contributions to quantum field theory. (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. EThOS
  5. Farmelo, Graham (2009). The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius. Faber and Faber. ISBN 978-0-571-22278-0.
  6. Cassidy, David C. (2010). "Graham Farmelo. The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom". Isis. 101. University of Chicago Press: 661. doi:10.1086/657209. Farmelo also discusses, across several chapters, the influences of John Stuart Mill...
  7. "DigiTool Results Full". Retrieved January 30, 2012.[permanent dead link]

Related pages[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]