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P A M Dirac is famous as the creator of the complete theoretical formulation of quantum mechanics.He studied electrical engineering at the University of Bristol before doing research in mathematics at St John's College Cambridge.
His first major contribution to quantum theory was a paper written in 1925. He published The principles of Quantum Mechanics in 1930 and for this work he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1933.
Dirac was appointed Lucasian professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge in 1932, a post he held for 37 years.
He was made a fellow of the Royal Society in 1930, was awarded the Royal Society's Royal Medal in 1939 and the Society awarded him the Copley Medal in 1952:-
... in recognition of his remarkable contributions to relativistic dynamics of a particle in quantum mechanics.In 1971 Dirac was appointed professor of physics at Florida State University and was appointed to the Order of Merit in 1973.
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Paul A M Dirac was elected to the Royal Society of London in 1930. You can see a history of the Royal Society and a list of the members among the mathematicians in our archive.
He was awarded the Royal Medal of the Royal Society in 1939. You can see a history of the Royal Medal and a list of the winners in our archive.
He was awarded the Copley Medal of the Royal Society in 1952. You can see a history of the Copley Medal and a list of the winners.
He was the Royal Society's Bakerian lecturer in 1941. You can see a history of the Bakerian Lectures and a list of the lecturers.
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