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The Nobel Prize in Physics 1965
Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Julian Schwinger, Richard P. Feynman

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Richard P. Feynman - Facts

Richard P. Feynman

Richard P. Feynman

Born: 11 May 1918, New York, NY, USA

Died: 15 February 1988, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Affiliation at the time of the award: California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA

Prize motivation: "for their fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics, with deep-ploughing consequences for the physics of elementary particles"

Field: quantum electrodynamics, quantum mechanics

Prize share: 1/3

Introduced the Feynman Diagrams

Following the successes of the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics, a first relativistic theory was formulated for the interaction of charged particles with electromagnetic fields. However, in the work of reformulating the theory, Richard Feynman made contributions to a new quantum electrodynamics, in particular in 1948, he introduced so called Feynman diagrams, a graphical representation of interactions between different particles. These diagrams facilitate calculations of interaction probabilities.

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