## 1902 – Dirac – bio

Paul Dirac was born in 1902 in Bristol, England. He was a mathematician and physicist who helped to develop quantum mechanics and discovered an equation that successfully predicted anti-matter.

In 1928 he created the Dirac equation which provides a mathematical description of elementary particles that is consistent with both relativity and quantum mechanics. The equation also predicted the existence of antimatter particles which were later discovered, confirming the equation.

In 1930 he published “Principles of Quantum Mechanics” which helped to converge the wave mechanics equations of Erwin Schroedinger and the matrix mechanics equations of Werner Heisenberg.

Dirac is credited with the creation of transformation theory, which is the modern operator calculus for quantum theory. He is considered to be a co-founder of quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics and the creator of quantum field theory.

PREREQUISITE:

**1781 – Poisson**

**1831 – Maxwell**

CONCURRENT:

**1879 – Einstein**

**1885 – Bohr**

**1887 – Schroedinger**

**1900 – Pauli**

1901 – Fermi

**1901 – Heisenberg**

1902 – Jordan

1902 – Wigner

1904 – Oppenheimer

1905 – Anderson

1906 – Bethe

SUBSEQUENT:

**1918 – Feynman**

1918 – Schwinger

1923 – Dyson

1926 – Salam

1929 – Higgs

1932 – Glashow

1933 – Weinberg