Victor_Frederick_Weisskopf

Victor Frederick Weisskopf

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Victor Frederick Weisskopf (September 19, 1908April 22, 2002) was an Austrian American theoretical physicist. During World War II he worked at Los Alamos on the Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb, and later campaigned against the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Weisskopf was a co-founder and board member of the Union of Concerned Scientists. He served as director-general of CERN from 1961-1966.

Weisskopf was awarded the Max Planck medal in 1956 and the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca in 1972, National Medal of Science (1980), and Wolf Prize (1981).

He married Ellen Tvede.

Quotes

Human existence is based upon two pillars: Compassion and knowledge. Compassion without knowledge is ineffective; knowledge without compassion is inhuman.

Bibliography

  • Weisskopf, Victor; J. M. Blatt (1952). Theoretical Nuclear Physics. New York: John Wiley.
  • Weisskopf, Victor (1972). Physics in the Twentieth Century: Selected Essays. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.
  • Weisskopf, Victor (1979). Knowledge and Wonder: The Natural World as Man Knows It. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.
  • Weisskopf, Victor; Kurt Gottfried (1984). Concepts of Particle Physics, vol. 1. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Weisskopf, Victor; Kurt Gottfried (1986). Concepts of Particle Physics, vol. 2. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Weisskopf, Victor (1989). The Privilege of Being a Physicist. Essays.. New York: W. H. Freeman.
  • Weisskopf, Victor (1991). The Joy of Insight: Passions of a Physicist. New York: Basic Books.

References

Sources

  • V. Stefan (Editor). PHYSICS and SOCIETY. Essays in Honor of Victor Frederick Weisskopf by the International Community of Physicists. ISBN 1-56396-386-8

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