Awards & Winners

Richard Feynman

Date of Birth 11-May-1918
Place of Birth Manhattan
(New York City, New York, United States of America)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Richard Phillips Feynman, Richard P. Feynman, Feynman, Feynman, Richard
Profession Physicist, Scientist
  • What I cannot create, I do not understand.
  • Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.
Richard Phillips Feynman was an American theoretical physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as in particle physics. For his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman, jointly with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965. He developed a widely used pictorial representation scheme for the mathematical expressions governing the behavior of subatomic particles, which later became known as Feynman diagrams. During his lifetime, Feynman became one of the best-known scientists in the world. In a 1999 poll of 130 leading physicists worldwide by the British journal Physics World he was ranked as one of the ten greatest physicists of all time. He assisted in the development of the atomic bomb during World War II and became known to a wide public in the 1980s as a member of the Rogers Commission, the panel that investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. In addition to his work in theoretical physics, Feynman has been credited with pioneering the field of quantum computing and introducing the concept of nanotechnology. He held the Richard Chace Tolman professorship in theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology.

Awards by Richard Feynman

Check all the awards nominated and won by Richard Feynman.


National Medal of Science for Physical Science
(In recognition of his essential contributions to the quantum theory of radiation and to his illumination of behavior of constituents of the atom, of the atomic nucleus, and of the subnuclear particles.)


Nobel Prize in Physics
(for their fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics, with deep-ploughing consequences for the physics of elementary particles)