Paul Dirac

Thien Nguyen Hour 3

Childhood

Paul Adrian Maurice Dirac was born on August 8th, 1902, at Bristol, England. Charles Dirac his father being Swiss and Florence Dirac his mother English, they had three kid in total: Reginald Charles Felix, Paul Dirac, and Beatrice Isabelle Dirac. Reginald, his older brother committed suicide when Paul was still young. His parents were sad because of this and he found their grieving surprising, he said "My parents were terribly distressed. I didn't know they cared so much [...] I never knew that parents were supposed to care for their children, but from then on I knew." This illustrates that he had a stressful and weird relationship with his parents.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Dirac#Early_years

Hardships that Paul Dirac Faced During his Scientific Career

I couldn't really find any hardships in his life,so I guess that his childhood would be a hardship. I mean his brother committed suicide when he was still young and that's family, so I would be pretty devastated if I was him. Then he said that when he saw his parents grieving, he was surprised and that kinds of illustrates that his relationship with them was probably bad and that they were probably not that close. I mean he was a mathematician and theoretical physicist, so he didn't really do any experiments. He basically made theories and he was successfully able to make his own equation.
Paul Dirac Biography

Awards

Nobel Prize in Physics (1933)

Royal Medal (1939)

Copley Medal (1952)

Max Planck Medal (1952)

Fellow of the Royal Society (1930)

Info from:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Dirac

Extra Credit


Paul Dirac was a mathematician and theoretical physicist. I believe that Paul Dirac is the most influential scientist in history because he first simplified a general form of quantum mechanics. He worked with Fermi to come up with Fermi-Dirac statistics. Applied Einstein's theory of relativity to quantum mechanics of the electron. Appointed to the Lucasian mathematics professorship at Cambridge University - a Chair once held by Isaac Newton. In 1933 he share a Nobel Prize with E. Schrodinger. His work was influenced by such others as: Max Born, Pascual Jordan, Werner Heisenberg, George Uhlenbeck, Samuel Goudsmit, etc.

I also believe that Paul Dirac is the most influential scientist in history because he was able to make an equation of his own. His equation provides a description of elementary spin-½particles, such as electrons, consistent with both the principles of quantum mechanics and the theory of special relativity. The equation demands the existence of antiparticles and actually predated their experimental discovery. This made the discovery of the positron, the antiparticle of the electron, one of the greatest triumphs of modern theoretical physics.

https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120207121332AAzBXbu

https://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Dirac_equation.html

Life of Paul Dirac

Citations

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"Paul Dirac." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2014.

"The Collected Works of P. A. M. Dirac: Volume 1." Google Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2014.

"What Are Some of Paul Dirac Experiments?" Yahoo! Answers. Yahoo!, n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2014.