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Abraham Pais


Who is Abraham Pais?

Abraham Pais was a Dutch-born American physicist and science historian. Pais earned his Ph.D. from University of Utrecht just prior to a Nazi ban on Jewish participation in Dutch universities during World War II. When the Nazis began the forced relocation of Dutch Jews, he went into hiding, but was later arrested and saved only by the end of the war. He then served as an assistant to Niels Bohr in Denmark and was later a colleague of Albert Einstein at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Pais wrote books documenting the lives of these two great physicists and the contributions they and others made to modern physics. He was a physics professor at Rockefeller University until his retirement.

  • also known as Bram Pais
  • born on (97 years ago) in Amsterdam, child of Isaiah Pais and Kaatje van Kleeff
  • ethnicity: Jewish people, Dutch-American
  • nationality: United States of America, Netherlands, Denmark
  • religion: Judaism
  • education: PhD (Theoretical physics) at Utrecht University, graduated on
  • profession: Physicist, writer, historian, teacher, author
  • spouses:
  • parent of Josh Pais
  • died on (15 years ago) in Copenhagen of cardiovascular disease
  • written works: ""Subtle is the Lord...": The Science and Life of Albert Einstein", "Lectures on dispersion relations", "On the theory of elementary particles", "Einstein Lived Here", "A tale of two continents", "On the photo-disintegration of the deuteron", "The Genius of Science", "Niels Bohr's times"
  • some of the nominations and awards:
      • Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, US & Canada (Physics)
      • nominated to National Book Award for Science (Hardcover) - ""Subtle is the Lord...": The Science and Life of Albert Einstein"
      • National Book Award for Science (Hardcover) - ""Subtle is the Lord...": The Science and Life of Albert Einstein"

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Google previewA Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists and Inventors in American Film and Tv Since 1930 (2011)

by A. Van Riper

Further Reading Abraham Pais's Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and Life of Albert Einstein (1982) remains a strong contender for the status of definitive biography. As its subtitle suggests, Pais (himself a physicist) emphasizes Einstein's work ...

Google previewConcise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (2006)

by Susan Ratcliffe

Abraham Pais Einstein Lived Here (1994) Nicolas Boileau 1636–1711 French critic and poet 19 A fool can always find a greater fool to admire him. L'Art poétique (1674) canto 1, l. 232 Henry St John, Lord Bolingbroke 1678–1751 English ...

Google previewBiographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers (2007)

by Virginia Trimble, Thomas Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard Jarrell, Jordan D. Marché, F. Jamil Ragep

Brown, Abraham Pais, and Sir Brian Pippard. Vol. 3, pp. 1691–1821. Bristol: Institute of Physics. Öpik, E. J. ( 1916). “The Densities of Visual Binary Stars.” Astrophysical Journal 44:292–302.

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One of the things I learned, one of the strangest things, is how to think. There was nothing else to do. I couldn't see people, or go for a walk in the forest. All I had was my head and my books, and I thought a lot. (Abraham Pais)
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