Richard Feynman

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Richard FeynmanName: Richard Phillips Feynman

Born: May 11, 1918 in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, USA

Death: February 15, 1988 (Age: 69)

Computer related contributions

  • American theoretical physicist. Known for his work in particle physics, quantum mechanics, quantum electrodynamics, and the physics of supercooled liquid helium.
  • Proposed the parton model.
  • Developed a widely used pictorial representation scheme for the mathematical expressions governing the behavior of subatomic particles, which later became known as Feynman diagrams.
  • Assisted in the development of the atomic bomb and was a member of the panel that investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
  • Credited with pioneering the field of quantum computing.
  • Introduced the concept of nanotechnology.
  • Became one of the best-known scientists in the world.


  • No Ordinary Genius: The Illustrated Richard Feynman (1996)
  • Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher (1994)
  • What Do You Care What Other People Think? (1988)
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (1985)

Honors and awards

  • National Medal of Science (1979)
  • Oersted Medal (1972)
  • Nobel Prize in Physics (1965)
  • E. O. Lawrence Award (1962)
  • Albert Einstein Award (1954)
  • Ranked as one of the ten greatest physicists of all time in a 1999 poll of 130 leading physicists worldwide by the British journal Physics World.
  • Held the Richard Chace Tolman professorship in theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology.