Dirac, P.A.M. (Paul Adrien Maurice), 1902-1984

Alternative names
Birth 1902-08-08
Death 1984-10-20
English, Russian, German

Biographical notes:

Physicist (quantum mechanics, positron, antimatter). On the physics faculty at University of Cambridge, 1932-1969; member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1934-1935, 1946, 1947-1948, 1958-1959; and on the physics faculty at Florida State University, 1971-1984. Died 1984.

From the description of P. Dirac and I. E. Tamm correspondence. 1928-1932. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80927792

From the description of Lectures on quantum electrodynamics: student notes on Dirac's course given at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1934-1935. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80717821

From the description of Developments in quantum electrodynamics. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80053172

From the description of Does conservation of energy hold in atomic processes?: holograph manuscript of article published in Nature, 1936. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78770454

Physicist (Quantum mechanics, positron, antimatter). On the physics faculty at University of Cambridge (1932-1969); member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1934-1935, 1946, 1947-1948, 1958-1959); and on the physics faculty at Florida State University (1971-1984).

From the description of Reprints, 1928-1952. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 77584644

Physicist and mathematician.

From the description of Lectures of P.A.M. Dirac, 1934-1935. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70984669

Physicist (quantum mechanics, positron, antimatter). Died 1984.

From the description of Oral history interview with P. A. M. Dirac, 1962 April 1 to 14 May 1963. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83770281


Paul Dirac was born on August 8, 1902, in Bristol, England. From 1918-1923, he studied Electrical Engineering and mathematics at the University of Bristol. In 1923 he was admitted to St. John's College at Cambridge. In 1926 he was awarded his Ph. D. after completing his dissertation: Quantum Mechanics. He progressed rapidly in his research positions being successively elected as: Fellow at St. John's College of Cambridge University, 1927; Praelector in Mathematical Physics, 1929; Fellow of the Royal Society, 1930; Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, 1932. With Edwin Schroedinger he received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1933. In 1930, he published The Principles of Quantum Mechanics. In 1937, he married Margit Wigner. He adopted her two children, Judith and Gabriel. They had two daughters: Mary Elizabeth and Florence Monica. In 1972, he accepted an appointment at Florida State University and moved to Tallahassee where he continued his active research and travel until his death on October 20, 1984.

From the description of Paul A.M. Dirac Collection, 1788-1999. (Florida State University). WorldCat record id: 50672986

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