Dirac, Paul Adrien Maurice (1902–1984)
Dirac also invented, independently of Enrico Fermi, the form of quantum statistics known as Fermi-Dirac statistics.
Dirac shared the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physics with Erwin Schrödinger for their work in quantum theory. He was professor of physics at Florida State University from 1971 until his retirement.
A central theme of Dirac's work was his belief that mathematical rightness and beauty go hand in hand. When a journalist once asked him to explain the concept of mathematical beauty, Dirac asked the journalist "Do you know mathematics?," and when the journalist replied "No," Dirac said, "Then you can't understand the concept of mathematical beauty." A shy, retiring person, Dirac is not as famous as his achievements warrant.
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