This collection documents the career of Nobel Prize winner Richard Phillips Feynman (1918-1988). It contains correspondence,
biographical materials, course and lecture notes, speeches, manuscripts, publications, and technical notes relating to his
work in quantum electrodynamics. Feynman served as Richard Chace Tolman Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California
Institute of Technology from 1951 until his death.
Physicist Richard Feynman won his scientific renown through the development of quantum electrodynamics, or QED, a theory describing
the interaction of particles and atoms in radiation fields. As a part of this work he invented what came to be known as "Feynman
Diagrams," visual representations of space-time particle interactions. For this work he was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics,
together with J. Schwinger and S. I. Tomonaga, in 1965. Later in his life Feynman became a prominent public figure through
his association with the investigation of the space shuttle Challenger explosion and the publication of two best-selling books
of personal recollections.
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