Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac OM FRS[3] (/dɪˈræk/ di-RAK; 8 August 1902 – 20 October 1984) wis an Inglis theoretical pheesicist who made fundamental contreibutions tae the early development o baith quantum mechanics an quantum electrodynamics. He wis the Lucasian Professor o Mathematics at the Varsity o Cambridge, a member o the Center for Theoretical Studies, Varsity of Miami, an spent the last decade o his life at Florida State Varsity. His brither-in-law wis Eugene Wigner, whose sister wis Dirac's wife.[4]

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Paul Dirac
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BornPaul Adrien Maurice Dirac
8 August 1902(1902-08-08)
Bristol, Ingland
Died20 October 1984(1984-10-20) (aged 82)
Tallahassee, Florida, USA
ResidenceUnitit Kinrick
NaitionalitySwisserland (1902–19)
Unitit Kinrick (1919–84)
Alma materVarsity o Bristol
Varsity o Cambridge
Kent for
AwairdsNobel Prize in Pheesics (1933)
Copley Medal (1952)
Max Planck Medal (1952)
Fellae o the Ryal Society (1930)[1]
Scientific career
FieldsPheesics (theoretical)
InstitutionsVarsity o Cambridge
Varsity o Miami
Florida State Varsity
Doctoral advisorRalph Fowler
Doctoral studentsHomi Bhabha
Harish Chandra Mehta
Dennis Sciama
Fred Hoyle
Behram Kurşunoğlu
John Polkinghorne


  1. Nobel Bio
  2. Heisenberg 1971, pp. 85–86
  3. Dalitz, R. H.; Peierls, R. (1986). "Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac. 8 August 1902-20 October 1984". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 32: 138. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1986.0006. JSTOR 770111.
  4. George Gamow, Thirty Years That Shook Physics (1985 Dover Publications paperback reprint o a beuk first publisht in 1966 bi Doubleday), pp. 120-121: "Several years later Dirac married 'Wigner's sister,' so called because she was the sister of the noted Hungarian theoretical physicist Eugene Wigner."