Who was Paul Dirac?

"God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world." -Paul Dirac

Born August 8, 1902 in Bristol, United Kingdom, Dirac first studied electrical engineering and received his B.S.  in 1921. However, he went on to obtain for his Ph.D. in mathematics, and eventually became Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge in 1932.

Dirac's work mainly focused on theoretical physics and mathematics. His most important contribution to physics was his renown wave equation. With his work he helped bridge both quantum and relativity theories. In 1933 he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Erwin Schrodinger for the discovery of new forms of atomic theory.


Paul Dirac accomplished many things in his life. Below are just a few of the advances he made in physics and mathematics.

Dirac's Equation

The Dirac Equation is what Dirac is most famous for. The equation describes the movement of fermions such as electrons and quarks. It also introduces special relativity to the Schrodinger Equation.

Magnetic Monopoles

Dirac showed that if a magnetic monopole existed anywhere in the universe then all charge must be quantized.


In his research published in 1931, Dirac theorized that his equations only made sense if there were electrons with positive charge. He called this theoretical particle an "anti-electron," which are now commonly known as positrons.


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