Richard Phillips Feynman. 11 May 1918 – 15 February 1988

  title={Richard Phillips Feynman. 11 May 1918 – 15 February 1988},
  author={Jagdish Mehra},
  journal={Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  pages={128 - 97}
  • J. Mehra
  • Published 1 December 2002
  • Physics
  • Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
Just as Josiah Willard Gibbs was assuredly the greatest American physicist of the nineteenth century, Richard Phillips Feynman was arguably the greatest American-born theoretical physicist of the twentieth century. Feynman was among the truly great physicists of the world. Mark Kac, the eminent Polish-American mathematician, wrote (Kac 1985, p. xxv): In science, as well as in other fields of human endeavor, there are two kinds of geniuses: the ‘ordinary’ and the ‘magicians’. An ordinary genius… 
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