One of the most revered – and strangest – figures in physics.
The son of a Swiss father and English mother, Dirac (1902-84) was born in Bristol.
He predicted the existence of antimatter, created some of quantum mechanics’ key equations and laid the foundations for today’s micro-electronics industry.
Dirac won a Nobel in 1933 but remained “an Edwardian geek”, according to biographer Graham Farmelo. He turned down a knighthood because he didn’t want people using his first name, while his daughter, Monica, never once remembered him laughing.
“This balancing on the dizzying path between genius and madness is awful,” Einstein said of him.
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