Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac, 8 August 1902 - 20 October 1984

@article{Dalitz1986PaulAM,
  title={Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac, 8 August 1902 - 20 October 1984},
  author={Richard Henry Dalitz and Rudolf Ernst Sir Peierls},
  journal={Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  year={1986},
  pages={137 - 185}
}
  • R. Dalitz, R. Peierls
  • Published 1 December 1986
  • Physics, Art
  • Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac was one of the greatest theoretical physicists of the century, whose work made a profound impact on modern physics. Although he took note of the work of others, his inspiration was always his own. Although he influenced many others, he had few pupils and he did not engage in team work. 
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