Abraham Pais

Physicist, Academic

1918 – 2000

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Who was Abraham Pais?

Abraham Pais was a Dutch-born American physicist and science historian. Pais earned his Ph.D. from University of Utrecht just prior to a Nazi ban on Jewish participation in Dutch universities during World War II. When the Nazis began the forced relocation of Dutch Jews, he went into hiding, but was later arrested and saved only by the end of the war. He then served as an assistant to Niels Bohr in Denmark and was later a colleague of Albert Einstein at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Pais wrote books documenting the lives of these two great physicists and the contributions they and others made to modern physics. He was a physics professor at Rockefeller University until his retirement.

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Born
May 19, 1918
Amsterdam
Also known as
  • Bram Pais
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Judaism
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
  • Dutch-American
Nationality
  • United States of America
  • Netherlands
  • Denmark
Profession
Education
  • PhD, Utrecht University
    Theoretical physics
    ( - 1941/06/09)
Employment
  • Institute for Advanced Study
Lived in
  • Amsterdam
  • United States of America
  • Copenhagen
    ( - 2000/07/28)
Died
Jul 28, 2000
Copenhagen

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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