Victor Frederick Weisskopf in the 1940s.
|Born||September 19, 1908
|Died||April 22, 2002 (aged 93)
|Residence||Austria, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, United States|
|Nationality||Austria, United States|
|Institutions||University of Leipzig
University of Berlin
University of Rochester
|Alma mater||University of Göttingen|
|Doctoral advisor||Max Born
|Doctoral students||Kerson Huang
J. David Jackson
|Notable awards||Wolf Prize (1981)|
Victor Frederick Weisskopf (September 19, 1908 – April 22, 2002) was an Austrian born Jewish American theoretical physicist. He did postdoctoral work with Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, Wolfgang Pauli and Niels Bohr. 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.
After World War II, Weisskopf joined the physics faculty at MIT, ultimately becoming head of the department.
He was appointed by Pope Paul VI to the 70-member Pontifical Academy of Sciences in 1975, and in 1981 he led a team of four scientists sent by Pope John Paul II to talk to President Ronald Reagan about the need to prohibit the use of nuclear weapons.
He married Ellen Tvede. He was survived at death by his second wife Duscha.
|“||Human existence is based upon two pillars: Compassion and knowledge. Compassion without knowledge is ineffective; knowledge without compassion is inhuman.||”|
|“||Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution.||”|