Biography. Abstract. George Gamow was Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder (). Other institutional affiliations. When George Gamow died in he was already well known as the author of the Mr Tompkins popular physics books (still available from Cambridge. Dr. Gamow has written a view of physics which does not teach basic facts exclusively or dwell completely on biographical data, but rather, Dr. Gamow does both.

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He discovered a theoretical explanation of alpha decay via quantum tunnelingand worked on radioactive decay of the atomic nucleusstar formationstellar nucleosynthesis and Big Bang nucleosynthesis which he collectively called nucleocosmogenesisand biographt genetics. Friedmanna mathematician and cosmologist who suggested that the universe should be expanding.

However, this did not prevent him from describing this colorful personality as a “zany”, card-trick playing, limerick-singing, booze-swilling, practical—joking “giant imp”. They also haven’t looked through the diagrams and formulas that are sometimes transcribed wrongly.

The earliest was in with Edward Teller on galaxy formation, [22] followed in by the first description of cosmic nucleosynthesis. In other projects Wikimedia Physixs Wikiquote.

Biography Of Physics

Genes, Girls, and Gamow: The birth and death of the sun: In the early physkcs century, radioactive materials were known to have characteristic exponential decay rates, or half-lives. Oral history interview with Wolfgang Gentner, November United Nations UNinternational organization established on October 24, Illustrated by the author and John Hookham.


Gamow learned fluent English in his college years and later. Contact Staff Directory Privacy policy. Gamow was also writing My World Line: History of the University of Odessa in Ukrainian. In a letter written to Ralph Alpher on August 18, he had pjysics, “The pain in the abdomen is unbearable and does blography stop”.

He proposed the concept of a genetic code and maintained that the code was determined by the order of recurring triplets of nucleotidesthe basic components of DNA.

We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. Oral history interview with Lothar Wolfgang Nordheim, July There he collaborated with Edward Teller in developing a theory of beta decaya nuclear decay process in which an electron is emitted. Gamow and his phhysics wife spent much of the next two years trying to leave the Soviet Union, with or without official permission.

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Oral history interview with Carl Friedrich Weizsacker, April Oral history interview with Edwin Ernest Salpeter, March Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Inhe published a paper dealing with an attenuated version of the coupled off of equations describing the production of the proton and the deuteron from thermal neutrons. The four formed a group known as the Three Musketeerswhich met to discuss and analyze the ground-breaking papers on quantum mechanics published during those years.


Gamow proposed that these 20 combinations might code for the twenty amino acids which, he suggested, might well be the sole constituents of all proteins.

He also collaborated with F. Gamow attempted to solve the problem of how the ordering of four different bases adeninecytosinethymine and guanine in DNA chains might control the synthesis of proteins from their constituent amino acids. Gurney and Edward Condon inthe alpha particle is confined before the decay by a potential of the shape shown in Figure 1. This audio file was created from a revision of the article ” George Gamow ” datedand does not reflect subsequent edits to biogrxphy article.

Biography of Physics by George Gamow

Gamow added Bethe, who ohysics done no work on the paper, as a coauthor to make the joke. Collaborated on the Gamow-Teller theory of weak interactions.

Gamow himself sketched the many illustrations for his books, which added a new dimension to and complemented what he intended to convey in the text.

He continued to study the atomic nucleus proposing the “liquid drop” modelbut also worked on stellar physics with Robert Atkinson and Fritz Houtermans.