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Nicholas Kemmer

AKA Nikolaus Pavlovitch Kemmer

Born: 7-Dec-1911
Birthplace: St Petersberg, Russia
Died: 21-Oct-1998
Location of death: Edinburgh, Scotland
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Physicist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Nuclear weapons and reactors

Nicholas Kemmer made numerous discoveries in electrodynamics and theoretical nuclear physics, including World War II work on the Tube Alloys project, the super-secret British equivalent of America's Manhattan Project. He studied under Max Born, Werner Heisenberg and Wolfgang Pauli, worked with John Cockcroft on nuclear reactors after the war, and his own students included Richard Dalitz and Abdus Salam.

Father: Nicholas P. Kemmer (engineer)
Mother: Barbara Stutzer Kemmer Classen
Wife: Margaret Wragg Kemmer (m. 1947, two sons, one daughter)

    High School: Bismarck School, Bismarck, Germany (1929)
    University: BS Physics, University of Göttingen (1933)
    University: PhD Physics, University of Zurich (1936)
    Teacher: Physics, Imperial College London (1936-40)
    Teacher: Physics, Cambridge University (1940-44)
    Teacher: Mathematics & Physics, Cambridge University (1946-53)
    Professor: Mathematical Physics, University of Edinburgh (1953-79)

    Max Planck Medal 1983
    Hughes Medal 1966
    Royal Society 1956
    Naturalized UK Citizen 1942
    Russian Ancestry


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