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Guido Beck

Guido Beck (August 29, 1903October 21, 1988) was a German physicist born in what is now the Czech Republic. He studied physics in Vienna and received his doctorate in 1925, under Hans Thirring. He worked in Leipzig in 1928 as an assistant to Werner Heisenberg. A combination of the troubled political climate of Europe in the 1930s, his own restlessness, and the Nazi persecutions in Germany, made the Jewish-born Beck a traveller. He had a profound impact in developing physics in South America.


  • You need only a sheet of paper and so mathematics starts.
    • Interview of Guido Beck by John Heilbron on April 22, 1967, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, American Institute of Physics, College Park, MD USA

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