From Einstein to Anti-Matter


From Einstein to Anti-Matter


Paul Dirac



(This information was taken from the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series Program 1981-1982).


Dr. Dirac, a Nobel laureate, is professor emeritus and a fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, England. where he was Lucasian Professor of Mathematics from 1932 to 1969. He has been professor of physics at Florida State University since 1977. Born in Bristol, he was educated at the University of Bristol and St. John's College. His pioneer work in the quantum mechanics of the atom won him the Nobel prize in physics, along with Erwin Schrodinger, in 1933 at the age of 31. He was also awarded the royal medal of the Royal Society in 1939. Professor Dirac received the Copley Medal of the Royal Society in 1952 for his contributions to quantum theory, Including his formulation with Enrico Fermi of the Fermi-Dirac statistics and his work on the quantum theory of electromagnetic radiation. He has been honored with the Queen of England's Order of Merit and is a member of the Papal Academy. His major work is The Principles of Quantum Mechanics, a classic in its field.

His Work: One of the great mathematical physicists of the 20th century, Professor Dirac is one of a select few. including Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrodinger, Enrico Fermi and others, whose theories have transformed our understanding of the physical universe. In 1928, Professor Dirac published a version of quantum mechanics that supplemented Einstein's theory of relativity and predicted the presence of anti-matter in the universe. Dirac's equation for the motion of a particle is a relativistic modification of the Schrodinger wave equation. the basic equation of quantum mechanics. For their work, Dirac and Schrodinger shared the 1933 Nobel prize in physics.



Creation Date

May 15, 1982

From Einstein to Anti-Matter