Jul 092011
 

A young ÆtherCzar stands with John Archibald Wheeler in front of Robert Lee Moore Hall on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin in the early 1990s. Photo courtesy of Professor Ed Luschei.

Saturday July 9 marks the centennial of John Archibald Wheeler’s birth. Wheeler pioneered the theory of nuclear fission along with Niels Bohr. He contributed to the Manhattan Project during the Second World War. Afterward, he led a revival of general relativity theory including coining such memorable terms as “wormholes” and “black holes.”  Wheeler also placed great importance on teaching and mentoring young students. This post shares some personal recollections and remembrances of a recipient of Wheeler’s mentoring.

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