Nomination
An alumnus of the class of 1974 writes, "Great theoretical physicist, MIT physics professor from 1945 through the end of the century, first Director-General of CERN, central figure in the Manhattan Project. "He was our link to the great Copenhagen circle that invented quantum mechanics. In many semi-popular lectures, he inspired students from freshmen on up to see the world in new ways (like how to calculate the height of a mountain as a multiple of the atomic radius). He communicated "Knowledge and Wonder" and "The Privilege of Being a Physicist" (two of his books) to everybody who heard him lecture.
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