Vladimir Pecha‘s Today’s Memory
Eugene Wigner’s birthday
Originally shared by Vladimir Pecha
Today in 1902: Eugene Paul Wigner was born (17 Nov 1902; 1 Jan 1995).
Hungarian-born American physicist who was the joint winner of the 1963 Nobel Prize for Physics (with Maria Goeppert Mayer and Johannes Hans Jensen) for his insight into quantum mechanics, for his contributions to the theory of the atomic nucleus and the elementary particles, particularly through the discovery and application of fundamental symmetry principles. He made many contributions to nuclear physics and played a prominent role in the development of the atomic bomb and nuclear energy.
„When he was ten years old … he was told that he had tuberculosis. The cure was to be found in sending him to a sanatorium in Breitenstein in Austria and he spent six weeks there before being told that the diagnosis had been wrong and that he had never had tuberculosis. However, one advantage of his six weeks was that he began to think about mathematical problems „I had to lie on a deck chair for days on end, and I worked terribly hard on constructing a triangle if the three altitudes are given.”