Niels Bohr

1885 (Copenhagen) – 1962 (Copenhagen)

Bohr studied with Thomson in Cambridge, but they didn’t get on well, so he went to work with Rutherford in Manchester: they stayed friends for life. Valéry counted Bohr among his many scientist friends. Heisenberg was his student, but their strong long-lasting friendship deteriorated during WWII in circumstances never fully explained. Dirac (for whom Bohr was a father-figure) and Pauli were among his other protégés. Feynman was unawed by him, pointing out when he thought he was wrong. Ehrenfurt shared in Bohr’s famous dialogue about quantum physics with Einstein, when Einstein declared that God did not play dice.

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