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#OTD #HistSci 30 August 1912 Edward Mills Purcell is born in Taylorville, Illinois. He carried out the first successful nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiment at Harvard and was awarded the 1952 Nobel Prize for Physics. Today, NMR spectroscopy is used by chemists to identify organic compounds and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is very widely used in diagnostic medicine. © ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Image

Marie Curie - Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and in Chemistry [1903 and 1911 respectively],


Marie Curie was honored for her work in both Physics & Chemistry and her pioneering research in radioactivity changed history. Two Nobel prizes is just anecdotic

#OTD 1871 - Ernest Rutherford is born in Brightwater, New Zealand. The Nobel Prize winner is most famous for the Rutherford gold foil experiment, in which it was discovered that atoms have a small positive nucleus where most of its mass is stored. The experiment was actually carried out by his assistants Hans Geiger and Ernest Marsden. #HistSci © Universal History Archive/Getty Images

from the Guardian

The 10 best physicists

Richard Feynman - Physicist -"Scientific views end in awe and mystery, lost at the edge in uncertainty, but they appear to be so deep and so impressive that the theory that it is all arranged as a stage for God to watch man's struggle for good and evil seems inadequate."


Erwin Schrödinger. Austrian born physicist and theoretical biologist, one of the fathers of quantum mechanics, famous for a number of important contributions to physics, especially the Schrödinger equation, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933. In 1935 he proposed the Schrödinger's cat thought experiment.


First proposed by Nobel-Prize winning theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek back…

Katharine Gebbie was perhaps the only research director anywhere to have had four Nobel Prize winners in physics reporting to them at the same time.