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- 1863 Birth of Paul Painlevé, who introduced a coordinate system, used in general relativity, which showed that the Schwarzchild Radius is a coordinate singularity rather than a real breaking-down of the theory
- 1868 Birth of Arnold Sommerfeld, nominated a record 81 times for the Nobel Prize in Physics without ever winning
- 1901 Birth of Werner Heisenberg, who formulated the uncertainty principle of quantum mechanics and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1932
- 1903 Birth of Cecil Frank Powell, awarded the 1950 Nobel Prize for his technique to study nuclear process and his discovery of the pion
- 1907 Birth of Guiseppe Occhialini, the Italian physicist who contributed to the discovery of the pion and after whom an IOP award is named
1932 Birth of Sheldon Lee Glashow, awarded the 1979 Nobel Prize for his work on electroweak theory
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