George Gamow

Physicist, Academic

1904 – 1968

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Who was George Gamow?

George Gamow, born Georgiy Antonovich Gamov, was a theoretical physicist and cosmologistnotably an early advocate and developer of Lemaître's Big Bang theory. He discovered a theoretical explanation of alpha decay via quantum tunneling, and worked on radioactive decay of the atomic nucleus, star formation, stellar nucleosynthesis and Big Bang nucleosynthesis, and molecular genetics.

In his middle and late career, Gamow focused more on teaching, and became well known as an author of popular books on science, including One Two Three ... Infinity, and the Mr. Tompkins ... series of books. Some of his books are still in print more than a half-century after their original publication, and have become classic but still-relevant introductions to fundamental principles of mathematics and science.

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Born
Mar 4, 1904
Odessa
Also known as
  • Georgiy Antonovich Gamov
Children
Nationality
  • Soviet Union
Profession
Education
  • Saint Petersburg State University
  • Odessa University
Employment
  • George Washington University
  • University of California, Berkeley
Lived in
  • Odessa
Died
Aug 19, 1968
Boulder

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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