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Famous and noted theoretical physicist Richard Phillips Feynman was born on May 11 in 1918, in Manhattan, New York. Often described as a larger than life figure, the physicist and professor would be a popularizer of physics and appear often in documentaries and ventures designed to increase appreciation and awareness of physics. Feynman would marry three times, the first time losing his wife to tuberculosis, the second would be brief and end in divorce, and the third would last until his death on February 15, 1988. Feynman has published two semi autobiographical books Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What Do You Care What Other People Think? and has been the subject of numerous books, documentaries and even a play QED.

Cultural Impact

Feynman's roles in the Manhattan Project and Challenger disaster as well as his personality traits launched him into a popular and well liked personality in the science community. Stories and news reports about Feynman's experiences with drugs and strip clubs also going some way to endear the scientist to the mainstream. Feyman would also often talk candidly about his trails and tribulations, his feelings about being involved in the creation and use of atomic bombs helping further chisel out his legacy.

Appearances in Comics

Richard Feynman appears as a reoccurring character in The Manhattan Projects comic series written by Jonathan Hickman. The Image Comics published comic presents an exaggerated alternative reality presentation on the lives of many of the scientists and figures involved with the real life Manhattan Project, with Feynman being grouped with the Super genius characters. In this story the Manhattan Project is just a gateway into more bizarre and secretive scientific objectives. In 2011 Feynman would star in a biographical graphic novel Feynman #1 presenting the scientist's personality, history and idiosyncrasies. This special one shot would be written by Jim Ottaviani and illustrated by Leland Myrick. Feynman would also appear in DC comics Action Comics #4 written by Grant Morrison.


Feynman would win the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 and the Albert Einstein Award in 1954. Feynman usually is featured in greatest physicists of all time polls and articles.


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