Richard Phillips Feynman (1918–1988) was born in Queens, New York. At an early age, Feynman displayed exceptional mathematical abilities, which earned him acceptance into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After graduating with a degree in physics, he attended Princeton and received his PhD in 1942. He ultimately became widely known as a science teacher, communicator, and popularizer, as well as a scientist.

While researching his PhD, Feynman met and married his first wife, Arline Greenbaum, despite knowing she was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Although they were often separated by his work on the Manhattan Project, the marriage was apparently happy. Arline eventually succumbed to her illness in 1945. In 1952, Feynman was briefly married to Mary Louise Bell, but later married Gweneth Howarth, with whom he ...

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