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Hugh Everett

AKA Hugh Everett III

Born: 11-Nov-1930
Birthplace: Washington, DC
Died: 19-Jul-1982
Location of death: McLean, VA
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Cremated, ashes taken away as garbage, per Everett's wishes

Gender: Male
Religion: Atheist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Physicist, Mathematician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Many Worlds Theory of quantum physics

Mathematician and theorist Hugh Everett III studied under John Archibald Wheeler, and proposed in 1957 the "many-worlds" interpretation for quantum physics, wherein infinite parallel alternate universes are endlessly splitting apart. When he was 12, he wrote a letter to Albert Einstein, asking what binds the universe, and Einstein briefly replied. Everett studied at Catholic University, but became a long-time atheist, and claimed to have scientifically disproved the Christian religion. He believed that the implications of "many worlds" ensured immortality for all humans, and per his request, after his death in 1982 Everett's ashes were dumped in the trash. His daughter Liz killed herself in 1997, and left a note explaining that in death she would be reunited with her father in a parallel universe. His son Mark Oliver Everett, performing as 'E', is the lead singer for the rock band Eels. Hugh Everett's college girlfriend, Karen Kruse, was a science fiction writer who later married Poul Anderson.

Father: Hugh Everett Jr. (National Guardsman, b. 1903, d. 1980)
Mother: Katharine Kennedy Everett (poet, div. 1939)
Mother: Sara Everett (stepmother)
Wife: Nancy Gore Everett (b. 13-Feb-1930, m. 1956, d. 11-Nov-1998 lung cancer)
Daughter: Elizabeth Everett (b. 1957, d. 1996 suicide)
Son: Mark Oliver Everett (rock musician, b. 1963)

    University: BS Chemical Engineering, Catholic University of America (1953)
    University: MS Physics, Princeton University (1955)
    University: PhD Physics, Princeton University (1956)

    American Management Systems Vice President
    Lambda Corporation (1970-73)
    DBS Corporation Co-Founder (1973-82)
    Monowave Corporation Co-Founder (1978-82)
    Risk Factors: Smoking

Author of books:
The Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (1973)


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