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  • 1904: J. Robert Oppenheimer
    • Best known as the "father" of the atomic bomb.

      "After the war, Oppenheimer was appointed Chairman of the General Advisory Committee to the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), serving from 1947 to 1952. It was in this role that he voiced strong opposition to the development of the hydrogen bomb. In 1953, at the height of U.S. anticommunist feeling, Oppenheimer was accused of having communist sympathies, and his security clearance was taken away."

    • More: http://www.atomicarchive.com/Bios/Oppenheimer.shtml
  • 1946: Paul Davies

Deaths of Nobel Prize in Physics Winners

  • 1989: Emilio Gino Segre
    • Nobel Prize in 1959 "for their discovery of the antiproton"
    • Bio from the Nobel website

Other Deaths

  • 1980: Fritz Strassmann
  • 2005: Philip Morrison
    • "A member of the Manhattan Project who went on to become a vocal critic of the nuclear arms race, Morrison was widely known for his research and professional contributions in quantum electrodynamics, nuclear theory, radiology, isotope geology and, since the 1950s, in cosmic-ray origins and propagation, gamma-ray astronomy and other topics in high-energy astrophysics and in cosmology."
    • More: http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2005/morrison

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