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Victor Frederick Weisskopf

Austrian-born American theoretical physicist
Victor Frederick Weisskopf

Victor Frederick Weisskopf (September 19, 1908April 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.


  • … conferences with open attendance are very important for the stimulation of young people or other people who are new in the field. … The field of high-energy physics is, as you know, very strongly in the hands of a clique and it is hard for an outsider to enter.
    • Victor Weisskopf to J. Howard McMillen, 14 Mar 1960, also as quoted by David Kaiser (2005). Drawing theories apart: the dispersion of Feynman diagrams in postwar physics. University of Chicago Press. p. 336. ISBN 0226422674. 
  • Self-confidence is an important ingredient that makes for a successful physicist.
    • Victor Weisskopf (1983). Growing up with quantum field theory: The development of quantum electrodynamics. In: The birth of particle physics (ed. L.M. Brown and L. Hoddeson). Cambridge University Press. p. 75. 

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